"Winelight" by Grover Washington, Jr. on iTunes

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4.8 out of 5

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Even though the song selection is short, the rich sounds coming of out of Grover Washington Jr's tenor make up for it. All I can say is that it is inevitable to bop your head or tap your toes when you listen to this masterpiece. The slapping bass in winelight and let if flow is irresistable to dance to. When you're flipping through your albums or artists, you'll go straight to this. You will regret not buying this album, so do yourself a favor, and listen to the extravegant and extraordinary winelight, truly one of my favorite jazz albums of all time. Winelight-5/5 a great opener to this album Let it flow-4.5/5 a fantastic song, but still .5 away from winelight In the name of love-3/5 definitely the weakest song on the album, is kinda boring and doesn't have a distinctive melody Take me there-4.5/5 catchy melody and equally good as let it flow Just the two us 5/5 definitely one of his most famous songs, yet one of his best Make me a memory 3.5/5 very much like in the name of love, kinda boring and a little repetitive, but still good All in all, I give this album a 9/10, a fantastic album!



Everyone has a different opinion about how an instrument should be played and how it should sound, and though I don't play any saxophone and am not a dedicated musician, this has always been my conception of how an ideal jazz album would sound: sweet, groovy, romantic, and emotional. I disagree that "In The Name Of Love" is the weakest song on the album; in fact, it is my favorite song on the album and is one of the most relaxing and romantic songs I have ever heard.

If you enjoy smooth, groovy, and easy-going jazz, then I strongly recommend this album - it has been one of my personal favorites for many years now. As far as good music goes, Grover Washington Jr. really is Mr. Magic.

About 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

    Buffalo, NY
  • BORN
    Dec 12, 1943

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