GRP Records Celebrates 30 Years With two-CD set featuring Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Patti Austin, George Benson, Arturo Sandoval, Ramsey Lewis, Michael Brecker, Gary Burton, B.B. King, Diane Schuur, Kevin Eubanks, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Carlton, Yellowjackets, Spyro Gyra, GRP All-Star Big Band.
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In 1976 Grusin/Rosen Productions was formed by composer, arranger, producer, keyboardist Dave Grusin, and entrepreneur, musician, producer, recording engineer, Larry Rosen. The purpose of the Company was to produce recording artists for major record labels, and discover, sign, and produce new artists for Grusin/Rosen Productions, and release the resulting albums through major record distribution systems.
The partners began their long list of successes with albums for artists Jon Lucien, Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, Noel Pointer, and Earl Klugh. In 1978, the Grusin/Rosen team signed a multi-year label deal with Arista Records president Clive Davis. Under the logo Arista/GRP, Grusin and Rosen discovered signed, produced, recorded, and launched the careers of Angela Bofill, Dave Valentin, Tom Browne, Bernard Wright, Jay Hoggard, Scott Jarrett, and produced and recorded the first totally non-classical digitally recorded album, Dave Grusin's "Mountain Dance."
Grusin and Rosen gained immediate success with music fans bringing sales of Tom Browne's hit "Funkin' for Jamaica" to over 1 million units, and Angela Bofill's sales to over 500,000 units, while playing a pioneering roll in the music industry by leading the way to the digital storage of audio products.
In 1982 the duo launched GRP Records, known as the "Digital Master Company," as an independent label adopting an "all digital" recording philosophy being the first in America to record and release all titles on compact disc. GRP went on to become Billboard magazine's #1 contemporary jazz label worldwide for five consecutive years and its artists were nominated for over 80 Grammy Awards. GRP's artist roster included Chick Corea, Lee Ritenour, Diane Schuur, Patti Austin, Dr. John, Dave Grusin, Spyra Gyra, The Rippingtons, David Benoit, Tom Scott, Gary Burton, B.B. King, Ramsey Lewis, Sergio Salvatore, Dave Valentin, Arturo Sandoval, Diana Krall, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Yellowjackets, Don Grusin, Kevin Eubanks, GRP All-Star Big Band, and many more.
In 1990, Grusin and Rosen sold GRP Records to the Universal Music Group. From 1990 to 1995 Grusin continued to record for the label and Rosen continued as president and CEO of GRP Records.