Archive for May 17th, 2010

Grover Washington Jr. – Grover Live

Godfather of today’s urban contemporary jazz scene, founder of the smooth jazz scene, creator of a new sound. There are many attributes, which are ascribed to Grover Washington Jr. Undeniable is his invaluable influence on a whole music generation.

Died of a sudden heart attack at age 56 on December 17, 1999, he left a rich legacy of music, which is still in our hearts. On the summit of his musical career he recorded on June 7, 1997 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, New York, Grover Live.

Produced by Jason Miles (Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Sting) this memorable concert of Grover Washington and his band mates Adam Holzman and Donald Robinson (keyboards and synthesizers), Gerald Veasley (electric bass), Richard Lee (guitar), Pablo Batista (percussion) and Steven Wolf (drums) is now available on an album of eighteen tracks.

The opener of the album Winelight transcends Grover’s phenomenal talent for improvisation and melody. Winelight (1980) was the album, which catapulted Grover into a status of a megastar shining over the whole contemporary jazz scene.

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