“I certainly couldn't commit myself to an endeavor into which I couldn't bring at least some of my creative energies.”
-- Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen stayed in closer touch after producing their first record together, and did two more albums (again Dave Grusin arranging, Larry Rosen producing) for Jon Lucien - “Mind's Eye” the following year and “Song For My Lady” for Columbia in 1975. (That move from RCA to Columbia was to have a resonance a couple years later.)
Then came the pivotal year of 1976. Having composed an elaborate concert piece, the "Centennial Almanac," to commemorate the University of Colorado's hundredth anniversary, it was now Dave Grusin who called on Larry Rosen. To do a recording of the performance. The latter arrived at Boulder, complete with remote recording truck.
Larry Rosen recalls not only the fun they had on the project, but also his friend's feeling of disillusionment with current artistic outlets in film scoring and arranging. “He felt that unrewarding as well. He felt one movie they wanted him to write in a certain style, another movie another style, and he was like an arranger for hire, a composer for hire," Larry Rosen states. Dave Grusin had made it clear to him that he would like to be more involved in records.
They toyed with the idea of setting up a permanent record production company. Larry Rosen recalls Dave Grusin's enthusiasm for the idea and that “I felt certainly the same way because that was the direction that I wanted to go in.”
So when George Butler of Blue Note - who was also looking for a producer - approached Dave Grusin shortly afterwards to do some arrangements for new find, guitarist Earl Klugh, It seemed just the motivation to set up the production company they had discussed in Boulder. The decision made, Dave Grusin told Dr. Butler that he didn't want to just do the arrangements, that he and Larry Rosen could produce the whole album for him. Aware of Larry Rosen's work with Jon Lucien, the record executive was in immediate agreement with the plan. That was the official beginning of Grusin Rosen Productions.
And before they knew it they were owners of the most successful smooth jazz record company? Not quite.
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