Just The Two Of Us & Other Hits
Performer: Grover Washington, Jr.
Producer: Craig DeGraff (Compilation)...
Distributor: WEA (Distributor)
Notes: Audio Remasterer: Bob Fisher . Liner Note Author: John Bolsar. This smooth jazz best-of displays one of the acknowledged masters of the genre, the saxophonist Grover Washington, at his lyrical best on a collection of contemporary R&B favorites that also features a variety of guest vocalists, including Bill Withers on the title track, Patti LaBelle on "The Best Is Yet to Come," and Grady Tate on "Be Mine Tonight." The performances are impeccable throughout, an engrossing and smoothly seductive combination of tasteful, low-key playing and sophisticated arrangements.
A gifted saxophonist who frequently crossed over into R&B/pop territory, Grover Washington Jr. hit levels of mainstream success rarely achieved by jazz artists, particularly on his thoughtful 1981 single, "Just the Two of Us," with Bill Withers. Generally pegged as a smooth-jazz artist, Washington often revealed considerable funk tendencies, as on `74's MISTER MAGIC and `75's FEELS SO GOOD. Though he passed away at the relatively young age of 56 in 1999, Washington left behind an impressive recorded legacy that spans three decades.
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Byas, Don Coltrane, John Crawford, Hank Gordon, Dexter Gray, Wardell Griffin, Johnny Hawkins, Coleman Henderson, Joe Mulligan, Gerry Nelson, Oliver Rollins, Sonny