Something's Coming," Sept. 23 when N2K Encoded Music releases the CD and DVD recordings of "Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story," a revised jazz version of the musical's score with Gloria Estefan, Jonathan Butler and Jon Secada.
The release is in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Leonard Bernstein musical that premiered at New York's Winter Garden Theatre, Sept. 26, 1957.
Academy and Grammy Award-winner Grusin assembled a band featuring Michael Brecker, Bill Evans, John Patitucci, Lee Ritenour, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Valentin, Dave Weckl and others. Some of the musicians appeared with Grusin when the piece premiered at this years Monterey Jazz Festival, Friday, Sept. 19, which also marked the 40th anniversary of the jazz event.
Grusin will also appear Nov. 13 at Carnegie Hall with many of the artists who appear on the recording. The concert line-up has not yet been released. Tickets ($18-$55) go on sale Sept. 8 and can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall box office or at (212) 247-7800.
Grusin is the composer of numerous film scores including the Academy Award-nominated On Golden Pond, Tootsie, and The Fabulous Baker Boys. He won the Oscar and the Grammy for his score to The Milagro Beanfield War. Produced by Phil Ramone, Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story will be released on CD and DVD, which N2K Encoded Music claims will be the first audio recording ever to be released in DVD format as well as CD. The DVD will feature a documentary of the making of the recording, including interviews with the artists.
-- By Laura MacDonald