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Grover Washington, Jr.

One of the most popular saxophonists of all time, Grover Washington, Jr. was long the pacesetter in his field. His roots were in R&B and soul-jazz organ combos, but he also fared very well on the infrequent occasions when he played straight-ahead jazz. A highly influential player, Washington pushed himself with the spontaneity and risk-taking of a masterful jazz musician.

Grover Washington, Jr.'s, father also played saxophone and was his first influence. The younger son started playing music when he was ten, and within two years was working in clubs. He picked up experience touring with the Four Clefs from 1959-1963 and freelancing during the next two years, before spending a couple years in the Army. He moved to Philadelphia in 1967, becoming closely identified with the city from then on, and worked with several organists, including Charles Earland and Johnny Hammond Smith, recording as a sideman for the Prestige label. His biggest break occurred in 1971, when Hank Crawford could not make it to a recording date for Creed Tasylor's Kudu label; Washington was picked as his replacement, and the result was Inner City Blues, a big seller. From then on he became a major name, particularly after recording 1975's Mister Magic and Feels So Good, and later 1980's Winelight; the latter included the Bill Withers hit "Just the Two of Us."

Although some of his recordings since then found him coasting a bit, Washington usually stretched himself in concert. He developed his own personal voices on soprano, tenor, alto, and even his infrequently-used baritone. Grover Washington Jr. recorded as a leader for Kudu, Motown, Elektra, and Columbia and made notable guest appearances on dozens of records ranging from pop to straightforward jazz. He died of a sudden heart attack on December 17, 1999 while taping an appearance on CBS television's The Saturday Early Show; Washington was 56. The posthumous Aria was issued early the following year. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Grover Live

1. Winelight (Live)

2. Take Another Five (Live)

3. Soulful Strut (Live)

4. Grover Talks (Live)

5. Mysitcal Force (Live)

6. Uptown (Live)

7. Sassy Stew (Live)

8. Grover Talks Again (Live)

9. Black Frost (Live)

10. Inner City Blues (Live)

11. Strawberry Moon (Live)

12. Inside Moves (Live)

13. Jamaica (Live)

14. East River Drive (Live)

15. Just The Two Of Us (Live)

16. Sausalito (Live)

17. Let It Flow (For "Dr. J") (Live)

18. Mr. Magic (Live)

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Track List: Inside Moves / Paradise

1. Inside Moves

2. Dawn Song

3. Watching You, Watching Me

4. Secret Sounds

5. Jet Stream

6. When I Look At You

7. Sassy Stew

8. Paradise

9. Icey

11. Asia's Theme

12. Shana

13. Tell Me About It Now

14. Feel It Comin'

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Track List: Soulful Strut

1. Soulful Strut

2. Can You Stop The Rain

3. Play That Groove For Me

4. Bordertown

5. I Can Count The Times

6. Village Groove

7. Headman's Haunt

8. Poacher Man

9. Mystical Force

10. Uptown

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Track List: Strawberry Moon

1. Strawberry Moon

2. The Look Of Love

3. Shivaree Ride

4. Caught A Touch Of Your Love

5. Maddie's Blues

6. I Will Be Here For You

7. Monte Carlo Nights

8. Keep In Touch

9. Summer Nights

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Track List: The Best Is Yet To Come

1. Can You Dig It

2. The Best Is Yet To Come

3. More Than Meets The Eye

4. Things Are Getting Better

5. Mixed Motions

6. Brazilian Memories

7. I'll Be With You

8. Cassie's Theme

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Track List: Winelight

1. Winelight

2. Let It Flow (For "Dr. J")

3. In The Name Of Love

4. Take Me There

5. Just The Two Of us

6. Make Me A Memory (Sad Samba)

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Track List: Mister Magic

1. Earth Tones

2. Passion Flower

3. Mister Magic

4. Black Frost

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Track List: All The King's Horses

1. No Tears (In The End)

2. All The King's And Horses

3. Where Is The Love

4. Body And Soul (Montage)

5. Lean On Me

6. Lover Man

7. Love Song 1700

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Track List: Inner City Blues

1. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

2. Georgia On My Mind

3. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

4. Ain't No Sunshine (Theme From "Man And Boy"

5. Until It's Time For You To Go

6. I Loves You Porgy

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Track List: Anthology: The Best Of Grover Washington Jr.

Disc 1

1. I Loves You Porgy

2. Where Is The Love

3. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

4. Georgia On My Mind

5. Trouble Man

6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

7. Ain't No Sunshine/Theme From 'Man And Boy' ('Better Days')

8. Lean On Me

9. Lover Man

10. Body & Soul (Montage)

11. No Tears, In The End

12. Until It's Time For You To Go

13. Aubrey

14. All The King's Horses

Disc 2

1. I Loves You Porgy

2. Where Is The Love

3. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

4. Georgia On My Mind

5. Trouble Man

6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

7. Ain't No Sunshine/Theme From 'Man And Boy' ('Better Days')

8. Lean On Me

9. Lover Man

10. Body & Soul (Montage)

11. No Tears, In The End

12. Until It's Time For You To Go

13. Aubrey

14. All The King's Horses

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Track List: Reed Seed

1. Do Dat

2. Step 'N' Thru

3. Reed Seed (Trio Tune)

4. Maracas Beach

5. Santa Cruzin'

6. Just The Way You Are

7. Loran's Dance

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david.alliso n 7 9 5
I remember waking up to Mr Magic (clock radio) as a kid and thus my love for music and the sax was born. Best sax playa ever!
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Grover was one of the best sax player's in the world,no doubt about that.
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Love this!!!
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Simply one of a kind. A master what else can be said?I myself am a alto tenor, soprano saxophonist. I love his sound and way he plays his horn. A true master of his craft who left us performing the craft he love most. Lance A Williams/ Playerslaw1
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I am slipping back through time in to happy trippy hipnotic state, it is flawlessly spontaneous.
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Where is the love by GW, Jr. is an absolute masterpiece! ! ! !
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He was simply magnificent Mr Magic! ��
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Awesome! Classic. Can listen 2 this over & over.
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matratus
Mercy Mercy Me.
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dubois048
Blow Mr. Blow
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Greatest Sax of all time
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My most favorite sax player of all time!
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johnmargie6
Thank you for this.
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Unsung real soon...
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gcasiano3
Breath of Heaven may be the most beautiful Christmas album ever. Had the pleasure of a meet and greet in NYC in 1996 when Hennessy sponsored his tour and they gave us his Chrismas CD. The man was touched by the hand of God
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WHY is it the good die young!???
CRYING Shame!

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RIP
GWjr
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No-one compares.... . h i s sweet mellow groove and vibes have been so beautiful and laid back since I first heard his notes of splendor
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kschan2009
My introduction to jazz in 1981 was the albums 'Come Morning' and 'Winelight.' I still listen to them and they hold a special place in my music collection.
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I was thirteen when I was introduced to GWJ. Since then I haven't stopped listening. Wish he was still here to bring us more wonderful music. Oh by the way I'm in my early 40's. I was influenced very young with heat music.
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I grew up listening to GWJ..and everytime I hear Mister Magic, I think about summertime and cook outs!!! Classic...Gr e a t l y missed..
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I heard this song from Jason Miles 2 Grover with Love. Great jam!
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Funk that that's the man.
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Saw him Stl mo what a concert!!!!
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He is my favorite musician of all-time!!
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"Listening to his music, brings tears to my eye's."
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halritenour
A tryly great artist, love his sound.
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matratus
Mr. Grover Washington lives in each note that he plays.
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Yes baby candle light dinner and some Grover Washington JR !!!
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Saw him play the National Anthem many times at 76ers games. A true piece of the city.
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Love it so much
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Send us something from heaven Grover
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coleman3.edw i n
Missin you Grover. Your music is forever. RIP
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MISTER MAGIC WAS MY FIRST JAZZ ALBUM BEEN HOOK EVER SINCE!
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The best ever ear
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Yes, one of the best ever!
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byron500
Still one of the best ever.
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Selina B... Love it .....
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kirstiecheer s 6
The sweetest sound. Amazing talent. Forever grateful for your gift Mr. Magic !
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Yes nice and smooth and was one of the greatest sax player r.i.p
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Nice and smooth
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Saw him Buffalo,N.Y. what a Concert!!!!❤
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Nothing like some soulful strut to brighten the day.
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this was the first song that got me into the smooth jazz flavor, way back in 1975, I was in my Junior Year of high school!!!!
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bomb.com what more can I say?
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I miss my coyote.
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Grover W Jr. Godfather of modern smooth jazz. Thanks for all you have done inspiring musicians for ever your missed but never forgotten. Thanks again for the gift. RIP
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booksbydaisl e y
Favorite male jazz musician . . . let it flow
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you can use just his first name if you want to, and everybody will still know who you're talking about.
or just call him mr. magic.
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mister magic R.I.P.
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