In 1972 Larry Rosen organized a record deal for singer and friend Jon Lucien with RCA, and together, they did the groundwork recording for an album. But Larry Rosen wanted to add strings, and thought of Dave Grusin. “There was nobody who could write the charts and put it all together better than Dave in my mind” he states. So the call (and tapes) went out.
While Dave Grusin's career as a film composer and arranger could hardly have been more successful, perhaps it was that high level of achievement which inspired him to seek out even greater challenges. Or, the impetus may have stemmed from a sense of infringement of his creative freedom in Hollywood. That call then may just have seemed like a refreshing Atlantic breeze blowing away the smog.
He went eastwards, and not only did the arrangements, but also played on Jon Lucien's album. “Rashida” was the very first `Grusin-Rosen production.' Nominated for a Grammy, it remains today a record all three can be very proud of, sought after in its LP version, and even re-released on CD.
It was meant to be a one-off venture, but like the first time he played in that jam session with Lee Ritenour, the fulfillment he found producing records with Larry Rosen was something Dave Grusin wanted to keep on doing - whatever the cost
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