Having spent most of his professional life writing film scores, arranging and producing jazz albums, and recording, Grusin has recently spent more time performing and traveling as a keyboardist, mostly with Lee Ritenour, an old friend and studio mate. Adapting to life as a "road-dog" can be a grind, but playing good music with good musicians is always the most fun one can legally have.
From early jazz and jazz-fusion recordings, through working with an A-list of music stars—Gerry Mulligan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Diana Krall, James Taylor, and Renee Fleming, to name a few—his career has been overwhelmingly satisfying. Add to that the TV and film-music element, over 75 scores with eight Oscar nominations and one winner (for The Milagro Beanfield War), there's not too much to complain about.
Now with the radical paradigm shift in the "record business," it has become necessary to find new avenues of participating in the music industry. However, the basic need to make good music hasn't changed, in whatever format, and Grusin feels extremely fortunate to have had a life playing in this magical sandbox.