The GRP Story
|GRP. It can all be traced back to Marshall Brown's Rehearsal Studio in New York City. With the good vibes created by Quincy Jones doing auditions in a neighboring room, destiny brought together a teenage drummer from the Bronx and a young Coloradoan taking on the task of hiring musicians for Andy Williams. Yes, Larry Rosen and Dave Grusin.
It was the `Juarez Mafia' at work again. As classmate Bob Eaton had introduced Dave Grusin to Andy Williams, it was CU music alum Larry Wilcox who knew Larry Rosen through work with the Newport Youth Band, and recommended him when Dave Grusin was looking for a drummer.
Having been an outstanding performer in the band sponsored by the Newport Jazz Festival (which included the likes of Michael Abene and Eddie Daniels), Larry Rosen proved an ideal candidate for the job, and was hired to be part of the two-man band to tour with Andy Williams, being supplemented by local musicians - usually a 40-piece orchestra - on the road.
The two later worked on television's popular “Andy Williams Show,” and afterward, went their separate ways, but not before cutting a record together, the memorable “Kaleidoscope” for Columbia in 1964. From their on, career paths diverged from those of the pianist and drummer who had met a decade before, but they remained in touch, though on opposite coasts of America.
Larry Rosen became a highly successful advertising executive, heading his own firm, Duo-Creatics, and winning important awards, such as the prestigious Clio, four times. He continued to play the drums, and even set up a recording studio in his home, but more and more, found that the engineering side - as well as the production end - of making records had as much fascination for him as playing on them.
The more he became involved in making records, the more inevitable it became that Dave Grusin would become a part of those projects.
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