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Sticks and Stones [Vinyl]

Don GrusinVinyl
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  • Vinyl (October 17, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B00008F5VF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of Sticks and Stones. September 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"Sticks and Stones" is a very special album musically and personally. The year was 1988 and Dave Grusin's GRP label was off in full force producing one unique recording after another. One of the album's released during this peak period is this one.

Dave Grusin and brother Don produced and played everything on "Sticks and Stones" themselves and with the exception of the dual piano rendition Dori Caymmi's "Southern Wind", they wrote all the music as well.

The Grusin's employed what was then the very latest in keyboard technology on this album. Several of the sounds on the album, especially the rhythm tracks, don't sound synthetic at all. Listen for the snare drum marches on the closing Celtic-tinged track "North-Tribal Step Dance" or the bass-lines on "This Little Pig's Got The Blues" and you'd swear they were the real instruments instead of from synths or drum machines.

The music on "Sticks and Stones" is quite varied. Beside the two tracks mentioned above, Dave's TV/Film Theme style is heard in the opening track "Birds With Long Legs" as well as "River Song". "Pico Pica" and the title track both have a slight Brazilian Jazz feel to them while "Good Ol' Boys" has a humorous country quality to it. Dave and Don also team up for two acoustic piano duets - one of which is the above mentioned "Southern Wind" and the other being a bluesy gospel-tinged romp entitled "Dog Heaven".

With all this said, Dave and Don Grusin's "Sticks and Stones" is a highly entertaining album which brings back some great memories for this reviewer. The CD is unfortunately out-of-print and has been for many years. However, it is still highly possible to find it used at a decent price.

If you're looking for some pleasant yet eclectic instrumental music with a good relaxing feel, look no further that this album. It's a great CD and it sounds like the Grusin brothers just had a plain ball making it together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST Grusin albums September 3, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I have had this music from back in the early 90's when GRP was really doing well. This music just makes you happy. I love "Pico Pica", the Brazilian rhythm is addicting. Great music to drive down the road listening to. They just don't get it any better. Listening makes one as happy as the Grusin boys must have been when they did this album. I am so glad I still have this CD. I remember buying this on a cassette first time out and when I got the CD I was even happier. YaY!
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Most if not ALL serious instrumental Jazz afficionados have known of the infamous/Genius compositions, orchestral & movie soundtrack work done over the decades by Dave Grusin (who w/Mr. Rosen started GRP Records & worked with most of the great jazz musicians and composers of the early 70s onward) but, not quite as many realize just how similarily talented/versatile his brother Don has been over that same time period/on Keyboards. He too was/is a cutting edge, up-tempo/joyous composer of great Jazz & their collaboration on this Classic recording has stood the test of time and still wows everyone who hears any part of this great, sophisticated but toe-tapping, yell out loud, 'Set' of tunes.

They've done more than a few commercially successful recordings together but, none are so joyous or memorable as this 'tip of the iceberg',masterpiece. I had the great pleasure of hearing both on stage together, Piano facing Piano, at the Aspen Summer Music/Jazz Festival back in the early 90s, & they were equally impressive, 'live'!! While there are a number of 'world class' jazz Keyboard composers (such as Bob James, David Benoit, Joe Sample chief among them) that made & wrote great 'soft' & upbeat, Jazz from the late 60s into recent yrs, Dave & Don will ALWAYS be members of that illustrious, list!!

Lee Stern
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