is a Swiss jazz
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and composer most noteworthy for his work with artists such as Phil Woods
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, Roland Kirk, Don Cherry
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, Chet Baker
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, Art Farmer
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, Dexter Gordon
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, Johnny Griffin
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and Mel Lewis
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. Gruntz is also an accomplished arranger and composer, having been commissioned by many orchestras and symphonies.
- Tiger by the Tail, 2006 Concert Big Band;
- Noon in Tunisia, 2006;
- The Magic of a Flute, 2005;
- Mental Cruelty, 2003 (1960 Jazz Soundtrack);
- 30+70 The One Hundred Years of George Gruntz (available as download);
- Akt 2: Aria for George Gruntz (available as download);
- Brainplay #3 George Gruntz Percussion Ensemble (available as download);
- Global Excellence, 2001;
- Symphonie les Echanges, 2000 (available as download);
- Ringing the Luminator--Piano Works by Gruntz and arrangements of pieces by others;
- Merryteria, 1999 Concert Big Band;
- Live at JazzFest Berlin, 1999 Concert Big Band;
- Sins 'n Wins 'n Funs, 1996 (compilation of live performances from 1981-1997) Concert Big Band;
- Mock-Lo-Motion, George Gruntz Trio with Franco Ambrosetti (tpt);
- Ray Anderson Big Band Record, 1994;
- Cosmopolitan Greetings, 1992 Big Band;
- Beyond Another Wall: Live In China1992; TCB Records)
- First Prize, 1989 Concert Big Band;
- Happening Now, 1987 Big Band;
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(ECM, 1984) - The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band '83.