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George Howard

George Howard's polished fusion of funk, jazz, and urban soul helped the soprano saxophonist become one of the most popular contemporary jazz performers of the '80s and '90s. Since he concentrated on groove and overall sound instead of improvisation, Howard never received much attention from jazz critics, but he retained a large audience well into his second decade of performing.

Howard began his musical career in the late '70s. He received his first break when Grover Washington, Jr., one of his musical idols, invited him on a tour in 1979. The tour helped establish Howard's name, and in 1982 he released his debut album, Asphalt Garden, on Palo Alto. The record was a moderate hit, as was its follow-up, 1984's Steppin' Out. It wasn't until the 1985 release of Dancing in the Sun that Howard earned a large audience. The album reached number one on the contemporary jazz charts. Following the release of Dancing in the Sun, he moved to MCA, where he issued A Nice Place to Be, Reflections, Personal, and Love Will Follow. All four records were considerable successes on the charts.

In 1991, Howard signed to GRP, releasing his label debut, Love and Understanding, that year. It was followed by Do I Ever Cross Your Mind in 1992 and When Summer Comes in 1993. A Home Far Away was released in 1994, and Attitude Adjustment was issued in 1996. All of his GRP recordings were quite successful, confirming his place among the most popular contemporary jazz performers of the '90s. His first five years with GRP, plus a selection of his MCA recordings, were summarized on 1997's The Very Best of George Howard.

Howard returned to recording with Midnight Mood, which was released in January 1998. Sadly, it was the last record he would release in his lifetime. He died unexpectedly on March 29, 1998. A few months later, his last recording -- a version of Sly Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On, which was conceived as part of Blue Note's cover series -- was released. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Midnight Mood

1. Within Your Eyes

2. Exodus

3. Midnight Mood

4. Africa

5. Silent Thoughts

6. Still In Love

7. Smooth

8. Find Your Way

9. Africa (Reprise)

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Track List: The Very Best Of George Howard And Then Some

1. Love Will Follow

2. Baby Come To Me

4. When Summer Comes

5. Diane's Blues

6. A Home Far Away

7. Midnight Mood

8. Cross Your Mind

9. Find Your Way

10. Love Will Find A Way

11. Miracle

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Track List: Attitude Adjustment

1. Watch Your Back

2. Best Friend

3. One Last Time

5. Our Love

7. Attitude Adjustment

8. Let's Unwind

9. I Apologize

11. Adjusted Attitude

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Track List: A Home Far Away

1. Miracle

2. If You Were Mine

3. Doria

4. Until Tomorrow

5. You Can Make The Story Right

6. Grover's Groove

7. No Ordinary Love

8. A Home Far Away

9. For Our Fathers

10. Renewal

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Track List: When Summer Comes

1. When Summers Comes

2. Grazen' In The Grass

3. Just For Tonight

4. Hard Times

5. Three Minute Warning

6. Family

7. Only Human

8. When A Child Smiles

9. Reach

10. Out In The Cold

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Track List: Do I Ever Cross Your Mind

1. Just The Way I Feel

2. Try Again

3. Cross Your Mind

4. Stay Here With Me

5. Shadow

6. Partly Cloudy

7. Spirit

8. Modern Love

9. Jojo

10. Mindbender

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Track List: Dancing In The Sun

1. Love Will Find A Way

2. Dancing In The Sun

3. Quiet As It's Kept

4. In Love

5. Telephone

6. Stay With Me

7. Moods

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Track List: Steppin' Out

1. Steppin' Out

2. Philly Talk

3. A Tear Of Spring

4. Dr. Rock

5. Human Nature

6. Dreamtide

7. Sweet Dreams

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What an awesome talent gone too soon. He left a wonderful legacy of soulful jazz sax sound !!!
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When summer comes has always been one of my favorites . You are missed !
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Mr. Howard... you are missed... each time I hear this song it takes me back to a place of pleasure and sympathy... God be with you... and your extended Family...
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mhead170
I so miss him, but am glad his music still lives!
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A classic smooth jazz track.
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One of my all-time favorite! Soothing!
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Beautiful Smooth love this
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lawpete49
Rip,, I really miss that unique sound.....
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smedleybrend a
I was introduced to George around 1990. Personal was my 1st album. My brother-in-l a w won it on a Sunday Jazz show. I went and bought his previous albums. Personal was always my favorite. "Faking the feeling "got me thru some rough times. I saw George for the 1st time in Memphis, Tn at the Memphis in May festival! He was so great. I was sad to hear he died at 42 from Colon cancer. I have had stomach problems and to die from Colon cancer, i often wondered if he just ignored his symptoms bc u r
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George Howard & George Duke two of my favorite artists forever. Jam on in heaven. Yeah!
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Quite a talent!
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johnmargie6
Didn't know he was not with us any longer...... . . .
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johnmargie6
I like.
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oalero00
Beautiful music..RIP
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rcollick203
My childhood friend's music will sound good & live on forever! I still miss you my West Philly bro!
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You know that i get sad when I hear George Howard music... it is so distinct and you just know it is him... so fast to the draw and we really do miss you... March 29... May God be with you Howard... Que Dios Te Bendiga...
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George Howard music is great. I remember the first time I heard his music I feel in love. I turned my mother on to his sounds. I'll forever love his music. RIP. Play your music in heaven
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mhead170
I followed George from the first time I heard him, purchased all his CD's and like the previous commenter, still listen to them to this day. The day he died was the saddest day for me. I cleaned house and listened and cried all day as I loved his music so much.
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GH, was a masterful artist in the smooth jazz genre. I still listen to all his recording till this day. He will forever be missed.
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Love me some George Howard 90s Groove ..My favorite ...it seems like yesterday good olds days. .l. remember the day he pass.. So a great lost . His Music will live on Rip
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Sweet funky soul
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kljones790
One of the greatest!!!. . . H e is surely missed!...I' m grateful for the awesome legacy of quality music artistry he left behind for generations to emulate and enjoy!!!...R . I . P . George!!!
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Sorry I didn't leave my email address. It's eloy@fineart a l b u m s . c o m
Thank you
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I simply dig your music
If it is possible can you send me a schedule of events where you are performing preferably in the new York area or south Florida
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Gone too soon !!! R.I.P.
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ronnie.jorda n 5 4
I saw Him perform at Kimball's East in Emeryville CA 1995. I remember we had a choice table near the stage!!! Great show!!!
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Howard gave me many fond memories when I was in the Marine Corps., and was my escape musically! Cruising in my 1985 Fiero GT on leave where I was stationed in Hawaii "Dancing in the Sun!"
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carolynrusse l l 4 5 0
Love that sax & the song as well!!!
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missusmicro
Love this guy..
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RIP truly another great artist gone too soon
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He I will be





He is a gift to us at our souls

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What a sweet soulful sound!!
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canada67pm
His talent spoke to my soul..so much Love RIP Sir Howard.
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I helped in the promotion of his albums.what a wonderful and talented soul.
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To be able to hear his music brings back so many nice memories. Very touchy.
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LOVE ME SOME GEORGE HOWARD!! NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL L.A.!!
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Saw him perform up close years ago, got to take a picture with him and to this day his music still melts my heart. Gone way too soon.
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Really knowing a sax had given someone such an incredible style... Totally Unique n jazz.
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clo.cynthia
What can I say but thank you for blessing us with your God even talent you will forever be missed but your beautiful music lives on forever.
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Hay this guy music is excellent sound,the whole world is missing him and his sound.kevinj w i n f i e l d kevinjwinfie l d 1 9 6 0 G m a i l . c o m
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The best of the best,on sax!!
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Beautiful music God gave him a talent he used. And is missed. So many other outstanding artist in our world. God bless them mall for lifting my life and those who appreciate jazz, soul & funk. Love you all
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Simply beautiful!!!
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Seen him every time he came to the STL !
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His sound was polished and smooth. His Era will never be forgotten. His music will last a lifetime. People might forget his name but his music will touch the soul.lol
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I miss my friend rest in love forever
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I love his music!
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I like this sax
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this song never goes outta style! So smooth love it!
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Each time I hear this song from Mr. George Howard... It saddens me that he has passed on... Rest In Peace George...you are greatly missed... God be with all those that were left behind. Que Dios te Bendiga...
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