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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Essential Grover Washington Jr.: The Columbia Years

Disc 1

1. Loran's Dance

2. Strawberry Moon

3. The Look Of Love

4. Summer Nights

5. Sacred Kind Of Love

6. Time Out Of Mind

7. Take Five (Take Another Five)

8. Love Like This

9. Next Exit

10. Soulful Strut

11. Poppin'

12. The Christmas Song

13. It's Too Late

Disc 2

1. Work Song (Live)

2. Every Day A Little Death (From A Little Night Music)

3. Stolen Moments

4. All My Tomorrow (Instrumental)

5. Lullaby For Shana Bly

6. Ifrane

7. Please Send Me Someone To Love

8. My Man's Gone Now From "Porgy & Bess"

9. Flamingo (Instrumental)

10. Blues For D.P.

11. E Preciso Perdoar (Instrumental)

12. O Mio Babbino Caro From "Gianni Schicchi" (Instrumental)

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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: A House Full Of Love: Music From The Bill Cosby Show

1. Resthatherian

2. Camille

3. Love In Its Proper Place

4. Poppin'

5. Kitchen Jazz

6. Clair (Phylicia)

7. The Huxtable Kids

8. Outstretched Hands (Gloria)

9. Look At This

10. A House Full Of Love

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Track List: Jazz Moods: Cool

1. Strawberry Moon

2. Love Like This

3. Soulful Strut

4. Caught A Touch Of Your Love

5. Sacred Kind Of Love

6. Take Five (Take Another Five)

7. Time Out Of Mind

8. I Can Count The Times

9. Play That Groove For Me

10. The Look Of Love

11. Next Exit

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Track List: Anthology

1. The Best Is Yet To Come (Feat. Patti LaBelle)

2. East River Drive

3. Be Mine (Tonight) (Feat. Grady Tate)

4. Can You Dig It

5. In The Name Of Love

6. Just The Two Of Us (Feat. Bill Withers)

7. Jammin'

8. Little Black Samba

9. Jet Stream

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

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: Grover Washington Jr.

1. Come Morning

2. Paradise

3. Winelight

4. The Best Is Yet To Come

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

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Track List: Love Songs

1. Just The Two Of Us (Feat. Bill Withers)

2. Winelight

3. Come Morning

4. The Best Is Yet To Come

5. Jammin'

6. East River Drive

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

8. Cassie's Theme (Theme From Cassie & Co.)

9. Be Mine (Tonight) (Feat. Grady Tate)

10. In The Name Of Love

11. Jet Stream

12. The Answer In Your Eyes

13. Reaching Out

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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: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Grover Washington Jr. (Remastered)

1. Mister Magic (2000)

2. It Feels So Good (2000)

3. A Secret Place (2000)

4. Do Dat (2000)

5. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (2000)

6. Knucklehead (2000)

7. I Can't Help It (2000)

8. Snake Eyes (2000)

9. No Tears, In The End (2000)

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Track List: Prime Cuts - The Columbia Years: 1987-1999

1. Take Five (Take Another Five)

2. Sacred Kind Of Love

3. Only For You (Siempre Para Ti Sere)

4. Please Send Me Someone To Love

5. Strawberry Moon

6. Summer Nights

7. Heat Index

8. Next Exit

9. Blues For DP

11. The Love In His Infant Eyes

12. The Night Fantastic

13. Protect The Dream

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Track List: Live At The Bijou

1. On The Cusp (Live)

2. You Make Me Dance (Live)

3. Lock It In The Pocket (Live)

4. Days In Our Lives/Mr. Magic (Live)

5. Summer Song (Live)

6. Juffure (Live)

7. Sausalito (Live)

8. Funkfoot (Live)

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Track List: Ultimate Collection: Grover Washington, Jr.

1. Mister Magic

2. Just The Two Of Us (Feat. Bill Withers) (Extended Version)

3. It Feels So Good

4. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

5. Black Frost

6. Summer Song

7. Reed Seed (Trio Tune)

8. Bright Moments

9. The Best Is Yet To Come

10. Ain't No Sunshine

11. Moonstreams

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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: 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: Next Exit

1. Take Five (Take Another Five)

3. Only For You (Siempre Para Ti Sere)

4. Greene Street

5. Next Exit

6. I Miss Home

8. Summer Chill

10. Get On Up

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Track List: Time Out Of Mind

1. Jamaica

2. Gramercy Park

3. Sacred Kind Of Love

4. Brand New Age

5. Fly Away

6. Don't Take Your Love From Me

7. Time Out Of Mind

8. Split Second (Act II, The Bar Scene)

9. Nice-N-Easy

10. Unspoken Love

11. Protect The Dream

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Track List: Then And Now

1. Blues For D.P.

2. Just Enough

3. French Connections

4. Something Borrowed, Something Blue

5. Lullaby For Shana Bly

6. Stolen Moments

7. In A Sentimental Mood

8. Stella By Starlight

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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: Inside Moves

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

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Track List: Greatest Performances

1. Mister Magic

2. It Feels So Good

3. A Secret Place

4. Do Dat

5. Lean On Me

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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: Come Morning

1. East River Drive

2. Come Morning

3. Be Mine (Tonight) (Feat. Grady Tate)

4. Reaching Out

5. Jammin'

6. Little Black Samba

7. Making Love To You

8. I'm All Yours

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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: Skylarkin'

1. Easy Loving You

2. Bright Moments

3. Snake Eyes

4. I Can't Help It

5. Love

6. Open Your Mind (Wide)

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Track List: Paradise

1. Paradise

2. Icey

3. The Answer In Your Eyes

4. Asia's Theme

5. Shana

6. Tell Me About It Now

7. Feel It Comin'

x

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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Track List: A Secret Place

1. A Secret Place

2. Dolphin Dance

3. Not Yet

4. Love Makes It Better

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Track List: Feels So Good

1. The Sea Lion

2. Moonstreams

3. Knucklehead

4. It Feels So Good

5. Hydra

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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: Soul Box

1. Aubrey

2. Masterpiece

3. Trouble Man

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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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