Without doubt, one of Dave Grusin's most pleasurable recordings. For this release, Grusin hired a special group of musicians. They are also the same guys Grusin hires for most of his work. Theyre up to it and they suit him. One, bassist Ron Carter, was an import. Anyone who knows jazz knows Ron Carter. The sound he can get from an acoustic bass (full sized, not three-quarter) is like nobody elses sound.
The guitar player is Lee Ritenour, who is too young to play as well as he does, but Grusin lets him get away with it. Indeed, it would be hard to stop him. It is difficult to pin down the reasons for rapport between musicians at their work. Grusin and Ritenour generate a similar momentum; theyre both fast, disreputable, and great little dancers.
Drummer Harvey Mason is a staple of your basic Dave Grusin rhythm section. His agility is seemingly effortless. He keeps the time where Grusin likes to hear it, while painting on colors of his own.
Larry Bunker is the formidable vibraharpist and percussionist on the album. Rarely will one find a more contained musician, nor a more various and capable one. Bunker is what the word veteran is for.
Dave Grusin, vocals, piano
Ron Carter, bass
Lee Ritenour, guitar
Harvey Mason, drums
Larry Bunker, percussion
1. A Child Is Born
2. Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow
3. Sun Song
4. Captain Bacardi
5. Three Cowboy Songs: Git Along Little Dogies
6. Three Cowboy Songs: The Colorado Trail
7. Three Cowboy Songs: Cripple Creek Breakdown
8. Adeus a Papai
9. Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow (alternative performance)
10. Sun Song (alternative performance)
11. Git Along Little Dogies (alternative performance)
12. The Colorado Trail (alternative performance)