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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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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."
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.
genuine25
love this cat forever..... . . . .
Gone way too, soon !
love his style this mans music is great love listening to it rest in peace my brother..... . . . . . . . . . . . . .
THE MAN!! (enough said)
gijackson
I loved Grover and miss him dearly. I have listened to many different saxophonist, from the 1950s to the present. None were better than Grover and very few have come close to his ability to communicate with his instrument. I understood him.
obxrick
Nothing better than Grover !
ksupport1
We are just here for a season! I love this song!
mgottlieb5
The sounds of Grover are like soundtracks to my and many others lives. Easily recognizable , always something to say, and soulful... He is missed.
After this you have to take five!
Grover...... . . . . one of a kind
billyshultz6
Every Tenor player strives to sound like Grover Washington Jr. with good reason
I grew up listening to this man, Grover Washington Jr, George Howard and many more as mentioned above. Too many of the contemporary jazz players who blazed a trail are moving on to another sphere in spirit they leave a echo that never ends. RIP and live on!
He lives on with his beautiful music!
Love it
kleatherbury 1
Grover Your THE MAN!!!!! RIP
Everyone loves this as my ring back tone.
Song still sounds good after almost 40 years!!!
RIP MY BROTHER! WE MISS YOU
I was introduced to this magnificent jazz music by brother in the mid 70's thank you Gene.
He's definately missed and this is one of my favorites. Everything about him and his music is sexy
kreed77530
Often imitated, but never ever duplicated
He broke SJ into its own with many of his songs; especially with his song about the waterway in Chicago. Yeah. East River Drive. Fantabulous! ! !
sha30331
Whr have I been?? Had no ideal he past away so sorry to hear woww excellent musician s.i.p
Love Grover my bro
Love Patty singing this song! :)
ernestramsey 3 7 1 1
I've loved Grover every since I first heard Inner City Blues.
jeremypkirch n e r
legend.
royaldmd
This just gives me the chills...awe s o m e talent! He speaks to my soul!
One of the best sax player of all time, well he had a unique style and no one can duplicate his playing.
Chilllaxing jazz and wine... Nothing better...
holmesg14
Mr. Winelight!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
ONLY GROVER ... NO OTHER ... YES !!!
who could strut the soul better than Grover, but nobody!!!
kleatherbury 1
What can I say,but the man really Let IT Flow.
Knuckle Head was one my favorites
g.w. what a talent
I said it before and will say it again the greatest of all time
bglaspy3
Remember, Grover was the inspiration for the group "Pieces of a Dream". Graduated from Temple and still keep in touch with his lovely daughter...s o sad he didn't meet his amazing granddaughte r s . Nothing but joy and pain when I hear his music! Legacy pure and simple!!!
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