The GRP Band was a group compiled in the late 1980s under the direction of Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen, principles of GRP Records. The band was a full band, and they mostly played well-known jazz pieces from the 1950s and 1960s written by famous musicians and composers. Many of these pieces were rearranged presenting a character of their ownLee Ritenour, Tom Scott, Randy Brecker and other big names from Dave Grushin's jazz label gather for a one-day, en masse blow-out. The repertoire includes be-bop, post-bop and contemporary standards, with Coltrane's "Blue Train" and Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" highlighting a disc that's markedly more spirited than the GRP norm. –Jeff Bateman
Although Lionel Hampton forbid his sidemen from recording during their trip to France in 1953, many of the musicians fortunately ignored his orders; the band broke up soon anyway. Trumpeter Clifford Brown is heard on this LP mostly with a big band actually put together by Gigi Gryce. A few of these tracks are excerpts but the two takes of "Brownskins" and "Keeping up with Jonesy" are fairly long as is a nearly eight-minute "Chez Moi." The music is not essential but Brownie did not live long enough to record anything less than excellent.
Francis E. "Bud" DeTar was a long time resident of Brockport, NY. Born in Albion, NY, in 1922 and died on November 23, 2008. A well known local musician, Bud was a graduate of Rochester's Jefferson High School (1938), SUNY Brockport and the Eastman School of Music. Bud was an Army combat veteran of World War II in Europe. He served on the faculty of the music department at SUNY Brockport. Throughout his life Bud was a performing musician and bandleader in the Rochester area, with The Dixieland Ramblers, The Gates Swingers and other popular groups. The concerts performed by The Bud DeTar Big Band at the SUNY Brockport campus, several seasons in the 1990's, were quite memorable.