I give him originality points in that his unique arrangement re-invented the song (and if it were an instrumental, I'd have no beef). But his arrangement and scoring indicate he decidedly eschewed lyric content: no one can deny the intimate and sensual mood of the piece (c.f., Burt's arrangement for Dionne, the famous Dusty version, even the totally smolderin' Claudine version, by Nick De Caro). Yet, From an arranger's viewpoint, the arrangement and scoring were an obvious misstep because he failed to unify lyric content with the music.Harry said:Count me in as a fan of Dave Grusin's work too. I've never understood the bashing he takes here by some...branching out and adding more to the sound was quite in order...you can't argue with success - "The Look Of Love" was the highest charting of all of the Brasil '66 singles, so it's hardly "moronic".
(I only called the arrangement, "moronic" ("ridiculous" is probably more accurate); as for the performance -- 1st class all the way.)