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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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  2.   Just the Two of Us
  3.   Mister Magic
  4.   East River Drive
  5.   Strawberry Moon
  6.   É Preciso Perdoar
  7.   Lullaby for Shana Bly
  8.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  9.   The Christmas Song
  10.   The Christmas Waltz
  11.   Blue Christmas
  12.   The Love in His Infant Eyes
  13.   Winelight
  14.   Jamming
  15.   The Night Fantastic
  16.   Amor Ti Vieta
  17.   O Soave Fanciulla
  18.   My Man's Gone Now by Terence Blanchard
  19.   Ch'ella Mi Creda
  20.   I Can't Help It
  21.   Little Black Samba
  22.   Love Makes It Better
  23.   Let It Flow
  24.   Black Frost
  25.   Mr. Magic
  26.   Days in Our Lives/Mr. Magic
  27.   Take Me There
  28.   In a Sentimental Mood
  29.   Lean on Me
  30.   Ain't No Sunshine/Theme from "Man and Boy" (Better Days)
  31.   Grover Talks
  32.   Please Send Me Someone to Love
  33.   Easy Living/Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own
  34.   Only For You
  35.   Heat Index
  36.   Blues for D.P.
  37.   The Huxtable Kids
  38.   Aubrey
  39.   Georgia on My Mind
  40.   Soulful Strut
  41.   Make Me a Memory (Sad Samba)
  42.   Monte Carlo Nights
  43.   The Look of Love
  44.   Take Five (Take Another Five)
  45.   Sacred Kind of Love by Phyllis Hyman
  46.   Gramercy Park
  47.   Moonstreams
  48.   The Sea Lion
  49.   In the Name of Love
  50.   Taurian Matador
  51.   Santa Cruzin'
  52.   Where Is the Love
  53.   Passion Flower
  54.   Don't Explain
  55.   For Love by Sylk 130
  56.   Headman's Haunt
  57.   Making Love to You
  58.   Au Fond du Temple Saint
  59.   Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)
  60.   Just Enough
  61.   Check Out Grover
  62.   Poacher Man
  63.   Mysitcal Force
  64.   Greene Street
  65.   Until It's Time for You to Go
  66.   Maddie's Blues
  67.   Not Yet
  68.   All My Tomorrows
  69.   For Heaven's Sake
  70.   Lover Man
  71.   Masterpiece
  72.   O Mio Babbino Caro from "Gianni Schicchi"
  73.   Summertime
  74.   Take Another Five
  75.   Knucklehead
  76.   Sausalito
  77.   Loran's Dance
  78.   Maracas Beach
  79.   Step 'N' Thru
  80.   Camaleao
  81.   Vissi d'Arte (I Lived for Art)
  82.   E Lucevan le Stelle
  83.   Donna Non Vidi Mai
  84.   O Mio Babbino Caro
  85.   Pourquoi Me Reveiller?
  86.   Je Crois Entendre Encore
  87.   Lock It in the Pocket
  88.   You Make Me Dance
  89.   On the Cusp
  90.   Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  91.   The Magi's Song/Child Is Born
  92.   Christmas Time Is Here
  93.   I Wonder as I Wander
  94.   Stella by Starlight
  95.   Something Borrowed, Something Blue
  96.   Clair (Phylicia)
  97.   Kitchen Jazz
  98.   Camille
  99.   Resthatherian
  100.   Every Day a Little Death
  101.   Tell Me About It Now
  102.   Juffure
  103.   Reed Seed (Trio Tune)
  104.   I Loves You, Porgy
  105.   Uptown
  106.   Mystical Force
  107.   I Can Count the Times
  108.   Bordertown
  109.   Can You Stop the Rain
  110.   I'll Be With You
  111.   Mixty Motions
  112.   Things Are Getting Better
  113.   Summer Nights
  114.   I Will Be Here for You
  115.   Shivaree Ride
  116.   Get on Up
  117.   Summer Chill
  118.   I Miss Home
  119.   Protect the Dream
  120.   Unspoken Love
  121.   Nice-n-Easy
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