First Prize (album)
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First Prize Album
First Prize
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Studio album by
George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band
RecordedMay 7 & 8, 1989
StudioRadio DRS Studio 7, Zurich, Switzerland
ENJ 6004
ProducerMatthias Winckelmann
George Gruntz chronology
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First Prize
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First Prize is an album by pianist and composer George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band which was recorded in Switzerland in 1989 and released on the Enja label.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow stated "This is a particularly fun outing ... both complex and full of wit and color. ... there is plenty of variety and many brilliant moments. George Gruntz's 18-piece group was one of the finest of the period, and this sometimes-eccentric CD is a perfect introduction to his music".[3]

Track listing

All compositions by George Gruntz except where noted

  1. "So Easy" (Larry Schneider) - 8:09
  2. "Gorby-Chief" - 11:25
  3. "Speaking of Love" - 7:47
  4. "Trance-Figurations" (Franco Ambrosetti) - 5:42
  5. "Amnesty" - 8:08
  6. "E.B.S.B.M.O." (Kenny Wheeler) - 9:18
  7. "Band Switch" - 7:18
  8. "Fishin' With Gramps" (Ray Anderson) - 5:16



  1. ^ Enja Records main series discography accessed June 28, 2018
  2. ^ Franco Ambrosetti discography: album details accessed June 28, 2018
  3. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band: First Prize - Review at AllMusic. Retrieved June 28, 2018.

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