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Havana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Dave GrusinAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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If ever there was a renaissance man in jazz and popular music, Dave Grusin would be it. In a career that spans somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 recordings across five decades, he has been highly successful in numerous roles – pianist, composer, performer, bandleader, producer, arranger and record executive. His work as a composer reaches far beyond that of the typical solo recording ... Read more in Amazon's Dave Grusin Store

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  • Audio CD (November 27, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: December 12, 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B0000001O9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title - Arturo Sandoval/Dave Valentin
2. Night-Walk - Sal Marquez
3. Cuba Libre ('Se Fue') - Dave Grusin/Lee Ritenour/Dave Valentin/Arturo Sandoval/Alex Acuna/Ave Laboriel/Brian Bromberg...
4. Santa Clara Suite: I. Vayase/II. Milicia Y Refugos/III. Fuego Peligroso/IV. Epilogue - Lee Ritenour/Dave Valentin/Arturo Sandoval
5. A Los Rumberos De Belen - Grupo Sierra Maestra
6. Love Theme - Dave Grusin
7. Hurricane Country - Dori Caymmi/Sal Marquez
8. Lost In A Sweet Place - Lee Ritenour
9. Mambo Lido - Dave Valentin/Arturo Sandoval
10. El Conuco - Don Menza/Arturo Sandoval
11. Adios Habana - Sal Marquez
12. La Academia - Dave Valentin

Editorial Reviews

Out of print in the U.S.! Oscar-winning keyboardist, film-composer and GRP Records founder Dave Grusin wrote the soundtrack to this 1990 film starring Robert Redford. Grusin enlists the help of many great musicians on this recording including Lee Ritenour, Dave Valentin, Arturo Sandoval, Alex Acuna, Abe Laboriel, Brian Bromberg, Clair Fisher, Harvey Mason, Sal Marquez and many others. 12 tracks. GRP.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful score from a real pro... December 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Havana may have been a mediocre movie, but the score by Dave Grusin is lovely and under-appreciated. Dave is one of the finest film music composers, having contributed to, among others, "Three Days Of The Condor", "Tootsie", "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter", "The Graduate", "The Firm", "The Cure", and "Random Hearts", all scores worth listening to. He won a Grammy for "The Fabulous Baker Boys", and an Oscar for "The Milagro Beanfield War".

Dave is at his lyrical best here, with a gorgeous main theme that has amazing motivic development. Film composers are notoriously rushed into completing their music - it's at the end of production and everyone wants the film out. The word on this score is that Sydney Pollack, out of respect for Dave, gave him a more reasonable amount of time to complete this beautiful work. Another reviewer in these pages has noted some similarities in thematic material from cue to cue, but this is not a flaw in Grusin's composing, but is the nature of film music. One introduces a theme and then varies and re-uses it throughout the film - it helps to conjure up feelings of nostalgia and provides effective emotional subtext. It's best to listen to film music compilations like a musician would - with close attention to the subtle variations on a few themes. I notice a little Michel Legrand influence here and there.

An absolutely magnificent piece of scoring from one of the industry's best...

Barnaby Finch
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO I SMELL SOME IVAN LINS IN THE CLOSING TITLES? December 3, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Beautiful soundtrack. I smell some of the feel of Ivan Lins in the vocal track that runs over closing titles. I could find no mention of Lins, a Brazilian composer, on the reviews.
I have to find a nice CD of this Grusin work.

CCW
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch soundtrack! June 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Dave Grusin confirms once more the arsenal of his creative powers when composed this unusual soundtrack with a little help from his friends: Ritenour, Valentin Sandoval, Acuña and a lot of talented musicians who were extremely inspired.

Fabulous Latin mood.

Above the average all the way: You won't believe it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Havana" Soundtrack June 5, 2008
Format:Audio CD
While the film starring Robert Redford was mediocre, the music by Dave Grusin was, in my humble opinion, extraordinary. I never tire of listening to it. Too bad it did not get the recognition it deserved.

This CD is worth its penny in gold.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful soundtrack March 11, 2013
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Dave Grusin is a wonderful musician and another example of his work that I have is the soundtrack for On Golden Pond.
These two are similar in some ways. Wonderful playing by Arturo Sandaval and very moody and true to Cuban sensibilities.
I would and have recommended this soundtrack to many others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grusin is a genius December 26, 2013
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As one of the few who love the film, which was panned by critics, I'm thinking now that maybe the reason I keep watching it is mostly the soundtrack. I'm nostalgic about that era and Cuban music anyway, but this CD, along with the Buena Vista Social Club, really takes me back. It's gorgeous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Grusin shows his genius off here! November 24, 2013
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The compositions, musicianship and production are outstanding on this CD. I bought it as a gift for a dear friend and he loved it too!!! The songs are soothing and I just love this music!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD LISTENING August 24, 2011
By lidz
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Havana soundtrack is good relaxing music to which to listen after a hard day's work. One can just sit back and read quietly while listening to these songs.
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