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Two Worlds / Grusin & Ritenour
Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour
Two Worlds / Grusin & Ritenour
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop
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Melding jazz and classical music has been attempted with varying degrees of success by luminaries from George Gershwin to Miles Davis to The MJQ; even Grover Washington took a shot at it shortly before his passing. It is h...  more »


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All Artists: Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour
Title: Two Worlds / Grusin & Ritenour
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Decca U.S.
Original Release Date: 9/12/2000
Release Date: 9/12/2000
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop
Style: Smooth Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 601215796025

Melding jazz and classical music has been attempted with varying degrees of success by luminaries from George Gershwin to Miles Davis to The MJQ; even Grover Washington took a shot at it shortly before his passing. It is hard to discern much jazz in Grusin and Ritenour's venture, unless it is to bring out the implied swing in Bach's Concerto in A Minor for Four Keyboards and Strings, or a propensity for "smooth jazz" romanticism in some melodies and lush string arrangements. They do offer a varied program including some impassioned Bartók (featuring violinist Gil Shaham) and some sprightly Spanish dances courtesy of composer Manuel de Falla The high point, though, is soprano Renee Fleming's performance of "Cantilena" from Villa Lobos's "Bachianas Brasilieras," which proves as ethereal and haunting as its subject matter--the moon. Fleming also reveals a surprising soulfullness and unexpected feel for jazz phrasing in her performances of "The Water Is Wide" and "Shenandoah." In the end, it is she who truly brings the two worlds together. --Michael Ross

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This CD is incredible
Greg Robinson | Richmond, VA United States | 10/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a Ritenour fan for 5-6 years, mainly from the group Fourplay, although I do own 2-3 of his solo cd's. I also love classical so I purchased this cd as an experiment. I cannot put it down! The balance between Jazz and Classical is perfect. Neither comes through too strong but just right! I would recommend this cd to anyone, but get ready for so emotions as the perfromances by Fleming will bring tears to your eyes."
Admirable heartfelt rendition!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 05/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

The profound sincerity of Dave Grusin is one of his most notable qualities as human being. From time he as Sting, turns around to the classic mood and decides to put a sand's grain for proving the distance in musical genres is just in the mind.
The presence of Lee Ritenour, Julian Lloyd Weber, Gil Shaham and Renee Flemming so confirms it.
The tune trowel covers a wide spectrum. From Spain Moreno Torroba the master composer of so many overwhelming works such Spain Castles for instance, Don Manuel de Falla who elevated the Apennines Mountains with his Three Cornered Hat or El Amor brujo and Federico Mompou to the great Hungarian composer Bela Bartok , from Fritz Kreisler to Johann Sebastian Bach. The transcriptions are excellent and even maintain the authentic spirit. The best piece of the CD to my mind is Bartok's transcription Rumanian Folk Dances. Grusin kept the passion and profound noblesse of the score.
We all knew about his famous album dedicated to George Gershwin's memory in 1993, sand that' s why I am not so surprised by this musical tribute to this supreme universe. As a smooth breeze, surrounded and supported by pleasant harmonies. This album could become in the true for any jazz lover to incursion in the universe of the classics
Personally I really expect Grusin from time to time, make another superb arrangements. Imagine for instance Mendelssohn's Venetian Gondola, Grieg's Holberg Suite or Brahms ` Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 5, Samuel Barber's adagio, or Bocherini's Fandango.
It's good to remind Hubert Laws has to his own, another superb arrangements in the far seventies as Starvinsky's Le sacre and the famous adaptation of Tchaikovsky `s Romeo and Juliet or Ravel's Forlane from Couperin's grave, that meant for him a Special Award in 1976.
Bravo Mr. Grusin for this artistic recording
Jazz Fanatics are just tooooooooo cool!
BatznDaBelfry | Bakersfield, Ca. United States | 07/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There's nothing like the pompous opinion of a Jazz elitist that serves quite as well for being a reverse barometer for something I'll be inclined to enjoy. No wonder Jazz suffers from such little wide-spread acceptance in this country when those who claim to be fans are so quick to criticize anything that either doesn't fall under the highly interpretive definition of it or ventures into other realms. Is this a Jazz album? NO! Is this a Classical album? NO! Is this an album of well-performed classically-influenced music that is pleasing to listen to and doesn't make you feel as if you're being stabbed in the forehead with an ice pick? YES! By the way, Dave Grusin is the pianist, not Bob James!"