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Don Grusin & Bill Sharpe – Geography

American composer, producer, arranger and pianist Don Grusin along with composer and pianist Bill Sharpe have recently released a new album called Trans Atlántica (2012). This album is available in Europe as a double-pack with Geography, which both recorded in 2006.

The duo invited to their first project musicians of the new and the old world: Till Brönner (trumpet, flugelhorn), Fridrick Karlson (guitar), Mornington Lockett (sax), Jill Saward (vocals), Nelson Rangell (flute), Natalie Rene (vocals) Charlie Bisharat (violin), Nick Cohen (bass), and Jamie Odell (programming).

The title Heat includes everything the first song has to offer. Brönner on trumpet and Don and Bill let it burn on this fast paced tune. Sunny Rainy has much of the character Shakatak is so popular for, but here and there sets Grusin his marks.

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Don Grusin & Bill Sharpe – Trans Atlántica

Grammy awarded American composer, producer, arranger and pianist Don Grusin has released in 35 years 20 CDs of his own, performing with the who is who of the jazz world.

Composer and pianist Bill Sharpe is a member of the famous UK group Shakatak. Bill’s solo projects are Famous People (1985), State of the Heart (1998), Close To My Heart (2006) and Peace Of Mind (1999) with guitarist Fridrik Karlsson, member of Mezzoforte.

Sharpe met Grusin through his consultancy work for Technics keyboards. Grusin co-produced Sharpe’s second solo album in Los Angeles. Their first collaboration as composers and musicians was the album Geography (2006). Trans Atlántica (2012) is the second collaboration of these two great keyboardists.

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Leon Ware With Don Grusin – Candlelight

Candlelight is  a great album by soul legend Leon Ware together with well-known jazz pianist Don Grusin and other stellar jazz/smoothe jazz musicians such as Brian Bromberg and Oscar Castro-Neves. A departure for Ware who has made his career in the soul/adult r&b genre with his masterful compositions for Marvin Gaye (I Want You) and Quincy Jones (Body Heat”/”If I Ever Lose This Heaven) and the late Minnie Riperton (Inside My Love).

Inspired by these songs and the intimacy of working together with Don Grusin, a masterful keyboardist. they offer a few originals as well, the title cut Candlelight in particular which blends well in mood and content with the standards such as My Foolish Heart, Invitation and My Funny Valentine. The album sets the stage for an intimate evening of romance. Get this rare album at CDBaby.