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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, Rovi
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Born and raised in Buffalo New York guys. He's one of ours thank you.
Just read the bio and had no idea he died in 1999. may He RIP and play those vibes up above now.
Ah - yes, I love Grover , this song was one of my all time favorites.
Love this song..was in Jersey bout this time.
yes the finest who played from the heart and soul a great loss.
One of, if not THE greatest saxophonist ever
The very jazz artist I fell in love with and I love this song.
one of the greatest musician ever
I do miss my long term friend from. Philadelphia area.
I do miss this guy.
Awesome! From my part of the country. Real soulful.
mark_aiken3
Our family matriarch song
Spent many nights mellowed with gwJr 70s PhaLanxp
Smooth Jazz at its best, he was awsome
lot a good ones out there I love ,but you gotta go a way to beat Grover




my mellow fellow with that smooth intrancing horn of his. One of the best that ever pick one up,yea baby!!!
bensonc62
I like I like!
With out a doubt the best saxophonist ever.
Legendary musician that is missed love the smooth jazz of Soulful Strut.
huggiepamper 1 9 3 7
great licks!!
love this MAN
Good Music 4 All. Play Uptown Live, O.K
70 MUSICE OLD SCHOOL CLASS OF 75 HIGH SCHOOL
A SECRET PLACE IS'NT LISTED!!!
one of the greatest that ever picked up a horn! My Brother ALL HATS OFF TO YOU!!!!!!
Always loved this song, very laid back and so Grover.
GTA, not worthy. Shouldn't be the equivalent of violence.
Souful strut,right up my alley:)
Hydra and Knucklehead my fav
My man, and my song Souful Strut. RQ/rlh
Smooth
G.W. Hot Woman and wine say No more
G.W. was and is so far ahead of his time. Thanks Pandora for letting us hear such a GREAT artist.
jessetucker7 2 3 3
good music to relax to
Didn't know he made this,always liked it.
awesome musician, and everybody tries to imitate him.
Am I my brother keeper? Yes I am
Jacob what a powerful name, ISRAEL
Leader of the 12 Tribe's
Gone but never forgotten RIP*978*4m14 y ~
he was so amazing
He was amazing ......loved him!
Truly a class act!! Truly missed!!
Just The Two Of Us.....love. . . l o v e . . l o v e this song! Grover Washington Jr.'s voice is so amazing!!!
Chill, Jacob. Listeners are just paying their respect to a great musician. Someone always has to be "negative."
344471
Why all you guys be saying "RIP MY BROTHER" you dont know him and you ain't his brother?
Grover has been great for a long time, the man is truly blessed. I absolutely love his music.
This cool cat blazed the contemporary jerz music trail for millions all over the world in the 70s,80s 90s& the2000s.How can we forget his collaboratio n s with Ralph MacDonald,Bo b James,Harvey Mason and other smooth jerz cats.He brought so much joy and verve into our lives with his numerous soulful struts.RIP!! ! G W J n r Love you forever brother.
Loved this song as I drove down home winding down stress.
jscart43
I understood that Grover and Julius Erving were personal friends. I remember well the Philadelphia Sixers game, with of course Dr. J., but do not recall the visiting team, when Grover was invited to play the National Anthem. It was the greatest instrumental rendition I ever heard, everyone else agreed also. The game was delayed while the spectators and the players gave Grover a continuing ovation. Great moment!
I grew up on this
What a wonderfulgif t he left us.
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