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|Grover Washington Jr|
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
This 1975 release is a masterpiece of soul jazz, with keyboardist Bob James providing the arrangements for Grover Washington's emotive saxophones. James's opening "Earth Tones" has Washington playing soprano over a weave o... more »
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This 1975 release is a masterpiece of soul jazz, with keyboardist Bob James providing the arrangements for Grover Washington's emotive saxophones. James's opening "Earth Tones" has Washington playing soprano over a weave of percussion and electronics that suggests the influence of Miles Davis's electric fusion work, while "Passion Flower," a beautiful ballad by Duke Ellington's composing partner, Billy Strayhorn, has Washington's soprano backed by rich strings. His tenor is potent and soulful on the punchy version of "Mr. Magic" and funkier still on the James-Washington collaboration "Black Frost." Eric Gale turns in some superb guitar solos, and the studio band, anchored by taut backbeats from bassist Gary King and drummer Harvey Mason, is first-rate. --Adam Rains
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When I was a young boy...
Ronald Thomas | New York City | 06/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the soundtrack of my youth...In my high school we'd just come back from Christmas vacation, 1975 and "Mister Magic" was mixed in over the school announcements in PA system to sound like a major media radio station in a New York City high school. It was awesome. I so much wanted to be an announcer on the school PA system (I won't mention the school...thats too much information). Jazz usually didn't cross over into the pop genre, but this song did, even though I it was purely an instrumental tune and that made it even more unlikely to be the huge pop hit that it was and the absolute classic that it has become....After hearing it on our PA system students and faculty were pretty much walking on air...After that he was no longer Grover who? He was Grover Washington Jr...Oh yeah he made Mister Magic..."