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Grover Washington, Jnr.

Jazz Moods –‘Cool’

Sony Music COL516431 2 – 5164312000

 

 

1

Strawberry Moon

2

Love Like This

3

Soulful Strut

4

Caught A Touch Of Your Love

5

Sacred Kind Of Love

6

Take (Take Another Five)

7

Time Out Of Mind

8

I Can Count The Times

9

Play That Groove For Me

10

The Look Of Love

11

Next Exit

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jnr. (1943-99) was a well-established studio man by the time he made his solo debut album in 1971. During the 1970s he grew in stature as his R&B influenced style of jazz attracted international audiences. He soon ascended into becoming one of ‘the’ noted jazz saxophonists. Throughout the 1980s he explored and developed the ties between jazz, blues and R&B working with other well known names such as Patti Labelle and B.B. King.

This particular compilation is taken from four of Washington’s most popular albums. ‘Strawberry Moon’(1987) was cut during a period when he was appearing with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smit, The Four Tops and Lalah Hathaway. The two titles ‘Sacred Kind Of Love’ and ‘Time Out Of Mind’ are taken from the second album featured here, ‘Time Out Of Mind’ (1990). Album three, ‘Next Exit’(1992) reached No. 1 in the Jazz Charts. Here we are treated to three titles including Washington’s version of the Desmond/ Brubeck tune ‘Take Five.’ Finally, Tracks 3, 8 & 9 come from the 1996 album ‘Soulful Strut which is considered to be an R&B classic. Overall this compilation bears all the hallmarks of his fat groovy sound and he takes each melody with ease.

For some twenty-five years Grover Washington Jnr. belonged to the most popular and well beloved instrumentalists in popular music. This will be a well-received issue and is a good example of how this talented musician maintained the middle ground between jazz and rhythm and blues with great style and grace.

Jack Ashby



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