Various Artists

GRP: On the Cutting Edge

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This compilation represents the "height" of the GRP years, when everything Dave Grusin and his associates touched seemed to turn gold. In terms of the music being on the "cutting edge," the question remains: cutting edge of what, exactly? That said, there are some fine performances here, both instrumental and vocal, from Diane Schuur, Eric Marienthal, Grusin, Kevin Eubanks, Eddie Daniels (perhaps the world's first smooth jazz clarinet player?), and Omar Hakim. Lee Ritenour's "Night Rhythms" and David Benoit's "Sailing Through the City," seem to embody everything that became a signature -- both good and bad -- about contemporary urban jazz. No matter what your feelings about this kind of popular jazz, this is a truly historic document and deserves to be heard and enjoyed, as well as debated. If you dig this kind of music anyway, this is a collection that will resonate with you completely. Recommended.

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