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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: 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

2. Passion Flower

3. Mister Magic

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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

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)

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)

8. Lean On Me

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)

8. Lean On Me

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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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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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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It seems like I cannot get enough of his jazz. My very all time favorite is Winelight. Every time I hear it I have to dance in my mind.
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Love his kind of jazz
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I saw him do a summer concert under the stars in 1990. My date was this beautiful French-Portu g u e s e young lady in a black leather mini skirt and high heeled boots. Hot damn ! Grover's music set the mood that night. Thanks Grover, and RIP
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iton02
Grover, your energy and music is all missed. May we continue to play his love of sound
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Grover a true legend .
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A true masterpiece.
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candythecoug a r
Mr. Washington the world misses your sound! Forever the finest...
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GW Jr one of the best to ever do it!!! Wynmo Detroit city baby!
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I love his music. Gone way to soon but his music lives on. Music to reminisce by and to just love . . .
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Classic SJ.
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Imagine the type of music we would have if he was still making tracks. But God in his wisdom is letting him rest.
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Nobody else but Grover could make a classic even better. RIP GROVER.
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This song puts me into the 13th dimension. Scientists are now proving we are living in a 12 dimensional world. Thanks also Pandora.
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I agree with gamalielalle n emphatically . Thanks much Pandora.
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Grover Washington jr
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Grover Washington one of the best that ever played the sign
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One of the greatest the greatest
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My best memory of Grover Washington was in Ft. Worth Texas in the late 70's . Al Jarreu open for him, and also came on stage with Grover for his oncore they tore the house DOWN!
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Yes I remember his appearance in California years ago, I believe in the mid 70's in Santa Monica at the infamous Concert by the Sea. My cousin had the opportunity to play base fiddle (I guess that is what it's called) in his band. Grover Washington, the greatest saxophonists of all times.
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Grover Washington, Jr.you are still my number one sax musician.
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R. I. P. Grover!!!!!
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.me. And. My. Beby. Only music
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Grover Washington jr
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My favorite jazz artist...... always loved and missed...... . . . . . Grover is still the best........ . . .
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A classic from a great artist who is missed...
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I love his music. He was so young when he left us.
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Yo dis a classic
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Love grover he is another great one
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Love and miss you my man!
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Grover what is there to say
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Surely a virtuoso all by himself. We miss you, Grover.
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LOVED HIM SOOOOO VERY MUCH! MET HIM SEVERAL TIMES, SUCH A QUIET REGAL GENTELMAN!!! !
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