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Live at the Bijou

Grover Washington, Jr.

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Album Review

Grover Washington, Jr. always put on exciting shows, and this performance from the Bijou Cafe in Philadelphia is a good example of his repertoire in 1977. It does not reach the heights of his best studio recordings or concerts, but there are some fine moments. Utilizing his octet of the time (with violinist John Blake, keyboardist James Simmons, and flutist Leslie Burrs), this CD (a straight reissue of the original LP) mostly features Washington playing lesser-known tunes that would not stay in his repertoire for long (other than a medley that includes "Mr. Magic"), but Washington (heard on tenor, alto, and soprano) consistently uplifts the material.

Customer Reviews

Live the experience.

Great tunes, cool arrangements and not slickly produced. The players are loose, and the sound is too unstructured to be "studio". For a "live" album, this really takes you there. Dim the lights, sip your drink and get into the groove. Playful, soulful, funky... it's all here. ("Doc" Gibbs gets his name and plays on this recording).

grover washington jr - live at the bijou

as cool as cool can be, buy it and wish it was 1977.

One of My Favorites

This was one of the 1st Jazz LPs I ever bought (1978). Today, I have it on CD and digitally (Haven't we come a long way?). Folks, this is one of the best albums I've ever listened to, period. whether you're a jazz afficionado or not, Do yourself a favor and check it out. You won't be sorry!


Born: December 12, 1943 in Buffalo, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

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,...
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