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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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Grover,Grove r , G r o v e r . . . . . Mr. Magic..,None Like That Grover
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R.I.p. Grover has left a good impression on many jazz artist today!! Thanks for smooth music!!
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The first time I heard Grover Washington Jr it was on Just the two of us w/ Bill Withers and is still one of my favorite songs of all time .Music like this show goes right to your INNER SPIRIT just how it is intended to .You can understand how God and the Universe are honored by it
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The Good Times
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I will have to admit ,though I agree ,he coasted for quite a while .I remember thinking when he died ,I wonder if he had know how little time he had left ,would he have tried to do more and leave a stronger legacy . He was a huge talent ,I was stunned when he died just like Brecker .Such a loss
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Bored with rock music in the late 70's ,I heard Mister Magic and Touch By Klemmer as well as Romantic Warrior by Return to Forever ,Music that made the transition to Jazz easy . Grover was my first Sax Hero ,I saw him at The California theater in San Diego .Bob James was his Co-Star that night .Amazing concert in a beautiful setting .Really unforgettabl e .Over the years I bought everything Grover put out . A lot of it was great .
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Caught him and al j. In concert back on late 70s what a concert
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What an incredible artist !!
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If there is a Mt. Rushmore of influential jazz artists then Grover Washington Jr. is on it. Play on, Mr. Magic!!
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One of his greatest produce pieces.
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Listen to a Master at his best, the way he played his sax, one of a kind
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ONE OF THE BEST SAXAPHONE PLAYERS. GROVER PASSED AWAY TOO SOON. RIP GROVER.
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Happy New Year to a positive groove
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Grover. The Sax Master.
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One of the best saxophonist of ALL time, his style came from his soul, miss him dearly.
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Love this song
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Great in concert too!!
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The world is better for Grover's having swung his Ax in it. Never enough Respect in life and little if any now.RIP Mr. Washington


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Miss this Brother of Jazz..
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SMOOTH AS IT GETS---RIP GROVER.
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Amazing and true music!!!!
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dwsmi296
Is it known about listening to his music live
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Just down to earth feel good music
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This .music u don't just listen
U feel.it
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Easy jazz
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Wow..!!Wow.W o w Wow.. yeah. That's it...
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Hott track !!!
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Would be great to hear Grover and Marvin playing this one in heaven.Mercy Mercy Me...
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jackie.wilki n s
Sexy, sexy, sexy . . .
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Moms and pops blasted this every night when they got off work... had me and my sister's beds vibrating across the floor !!
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Awesome and classic,they dont make em' like this anymore, what talents, efforts, and passion that went into creating such masterpiece rendition.
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Love me some some jazz great music.
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56. I didn't realize he was that young when he died. I miss him. His music made my college years full.
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A great song with the great, late guitarist Eric Gale. This song was written by the percussionis t (R.I.P.)Ralp h Mcdonald who also co-wrote Hathaway/Fla c k 'Where is the Love'
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Absolute genius!
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Because of this song I was influenced to love two instruments the saxophone and steel drums thank you George a wonderful musician r.i.p
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asgrac
play in peace, grover
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you are doing well by me right now
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Love thi long.
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tdslaughter
A superb live performer!!! We would wait for his annual or biannual visits to the Motor City!
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Born and raised in Buffalo New York guys. He's one of ours thank you.
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Just read the bio and had no idea he died in 1999. may He RIP and play those vibes up above now.
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Ah - yes, I love Grover , this song was one of my all time favorites.
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Love this song..was in Jersey bout this time.
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yes the finest who played from the heart and soul a great loss.
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One of, if not THE greatest saxophonist ever
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The very jazz artist I fell in love with and I love this song.
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one of the greatest musician ever
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I do miss my long term friend from. Philadelphia area.
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I do miss this guy.
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