GRP Records

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GRP Records
Parent companyUniversal Music Group
Founded1978 (1978)
FounderDave Grusin
Larry Rosen
Distributor(s)Verve Records
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew York City

GRP Records (Grusin-Rosen Productions) is a jazz record label founded by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen in 1978. GRP was known for its all-digital recordings and jazz-pop sound.


Dave Grusin, a pianist and producer, and Larry Rosen, a drummer and recording engineer, established a production company in 1976 that recorded non-traditional jazz musicians like Earl Klugh and Lee Ritenour; when they founded GRP Records in 1978, they continued to concentrate on this fusion of jazz, pop, and rock.[1] GRP was distributed by Arista until 1982, it was independent until 1987, when it made a deal with MCA Distributing. In 1990, GRP was bought by MCA, which gave the label the use of the catalogues of Impulse! and Decca, which GRP began to re-issue on CD. New recordings at GRP included music by David Benoit, Michael Brecker, Gary Burton, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Eddie Daniels, Mercer Ellington, Kevin Eubanks, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Haslip, Eric Marienthal, Gerry Mulligan, John Patitucci, The Rippingtons, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, and Dave Valentin;[1] the New York Voices signed a deal with GRP in 1989.[2] Until 1995, GRP distributed albums by Stretch.[1]

GRP's use of Soundstream and digital recording contributed to the success of the label.[3] Grusin's album Mountain Dance (1980) was one of the earliest all-digital recordings outside of classical music.[4]

GRP release Flight to Freedom, the debut album by Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval after he and his family defected from Cuba with the help of Dizzy Gillespie; the HBO film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story told this story in 2001.[5]

Ten year anniversary[edit]

GRP celebrated its 10th anniversary by recording an album and video with many of the musicians on its roster forming the GRP All-Star Big Band; the label also reissued Glenn Miller's In the Digital Mood on a special edition gold CD. GRP was the top contemporary jazz label on Billboard magazine's charts for five consecutive years and increased the demand for smooth jazz music.[citation needed]

When Grusin and Rosen left in 1995, they were replaced by producer Tommy LiPuma; the label added George Benson, Chris Botti, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, and Joe Sample.



  1. ^ a b c Kernfeld, Barry (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. p. 102. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  2. ^ "bios | New York Voices". Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Larry Rosen, Jazz Producer and Co-Founder of GRP Records, Dies at 75". Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Holden, Stephen (February 5, 1982). "POP JAZZ". The New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  5. ^ Cobo, Leila (November 17, 2001). "Man with a Horn on a Flight to Freedom". Nielsen Business Media (Billboard). pp. 48–. Retrieved January 6, 2019.

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