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Grover Washington, Jr.

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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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Albums by
Grover Washington, Jr.

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    10 songs

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    Soulful Strut

    25 songs

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    The Essential Grover Washington Jr.: The Columbia Years

    12 songs

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    Aria

    13 songs

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    Prime Cuts: The Greatest Hits 1987-1999

    10 songs

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    Soulful Strut

    11 songs

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    All My Tomorrows

    11 songs

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    Next Exit

    11 songs

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    Time Out of Mind

    4 songs

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    A Secret Place

    7 songs

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    All the King's Horses

    7 songs

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    Soul Box [Circuit City Exclusive]

    6 songs

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    Inner City Blues

    4 songs

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    Mister Magic

    3 songs

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    Soul Box

    3 songs

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    Soul Box, Vol. 2

    8 songs

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    Come Morning

    7 songs

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    Inside Moves

    9 songs

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    Strawberry Moon

    8 songs

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    Then and Now

    6 songs

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    Winelight

    8 songs

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    The Best Is Yet to Come

    7 songs

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    Paradise

    5 songs

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    Feels So Good

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Grover Washington, Jr.

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Top Songs by
Grover Washington, Jr.

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  2.   Just the Two of Us
  3.   Strawberry Moon
  4.   Mister Magic
  5.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  6.   East River Drive
  7.   É Preciso Perdoar
  8.   The Love in His Infant Eyes
  9.   Lullaby for Shana Bly
  10.   The Christmas Waltz
  11.   The Christmas Song
  12.   Blue Christmas
  13.   Winelight
  14.   I Can't Help It
  15.   Jamming
  16.   The Night Fantastic
  17.   Amor Ti Vieta
  18.   O Soave Fanciulla
  19.   My Man's Gone Now by Terence Blanchard
  20.   Ch'ella Mi Creda
  21.   Mr. Magic
  22.   Earth Tones
  23.   Easy Living/Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
  24.   Knucklehead
  25.   Let It Flow
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Grover Washington, Jr.

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    Slacker 20: Guardians of the Galaxy

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    Jazz Christmas

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    The Wolf Lounge

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    Smooth Jazz

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    Classic Soul

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    Smooth Jazz Instrumentals

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    Smooth Jams

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    Janet Jackson: DNA

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    Classic Jazz [Non-Voc]

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    Disco Deep Dive

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    Classic Jazz


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