Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Grover Washington, Jr. ''Anthology Of Grover Washington Jr.''

Grover Washington, Jr.

''Anthology Of Grover Washington Jr.''
( LP Elektra Records, 1985 )
Catalog # 9 60415-1

A1 The Best Is Yet To Come
Co-producer - Dexter Wansel
A2 East River Drive
A3 Be Mine (Tonight)
A4 Can You Dig It
A5 In The Name Of Love
B1 Just The Two Of Us
B2 Jammin'
B3 Little Black Samba
B4 Jet Stream
B5 Let It Flow (For Dr. J)

Engineer - Bobby Warner
Mastered By - Dennis King
Producer - Grover Washington, Jr. , Ralph MacDonald

Format:Vinyl, LP

Anyone who had seen Grover Washington, Jr. live could attest to the fact that whether he was playing electric jazz-funk or going acoustic on Billy Strayhorn's music, the Philly resident was a masterful saxman with as much technique as soul and charisma. However, the distinctive saxman's studio recordings (which range from outstanding to watered down) didn't always demonstrate just how commanding an improviser he could be. Anthology, a 1985 issue focusing on his work for Elektra, contains more hits than misses. Well worth hearing are jazz/R&B/pop instrumentals like the congenial "East River Drive" and the seductive "Let It Flow," and the R&B numbers "The Best Is Yet to Come" (which boasts a heartfelt vocal by Patti LaBelle) and Washington's major hit with Bill Withers, "Just the Two of Us." Unfortunately, Elektra made the mistake of including Washington's pointless version of reggae king Bob Marley's "Jammin'" (which is more of a pop cover than a genuine jazz interpretation), the insipid "Jet Stream," and the pleasant but not very memorable "In the Name of Love."
By Alex Henderson (AMG)

By Andy

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