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Grover Washington Jr.

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Saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. was a crossover artist who did have hits in the pop and R&B charts, due to his willingness to play over light funk arrangements and use vocalists. He can be credited with virtually inventing the style of smooth jazz that later became so prevalent, and in that way he has been highly influential. Grover Washington, Jr.'s love of music began a a child growing up in Buffalo, New York; his mother (who sang in church choirs) and father (collector of jazz 78s) bought him a saxophone at age ten. "After I started playing," Grover says, “I'd sneak into clubs to watch guys like Jack McDuff, Harold Vick and Charles Lloyd

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Article: Profile

Thelonious Monk: A Thriving Legacy

Read "Thelonious Monk: A Thriving Legacy" reviewed by Doug Hall


If legendary jazz musicians were collected together in one giant jigsaw puzzle and each musician was one piece—Thelonious Monk's individual piece would be impossible to cut out. As a singular artist, his shape or place in jazz is too uniquely non-conforming. From a musical and historical standpoint, he is recognized as one of the ...

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News: Recording

Jazz Legend Grover Washington, Jr. Commemorative Vinyl To Be Released

Jazz Legend Grover Washington, Jr. Commemorative Vinyl To Be Released

Lightyear Entertainment announces that it will release a commemorative double vinyl of beloved artist Grover Washington, Jr. on Black Friday for Record Store Day. This release marks 20 years since the passing of the immensely popular artist who was largely responsible for creating a bridge between jazz and R&B. Grover was well loved by his fans ...

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Article: Radio

Rudresh Mahanthappa: "Just because you're improvising doesn't mean you're playing jazz."

Read "Rudresh Mahanthappa: "Just because you're improvising doesn't mean you're playing jazz."" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa on his early development, the journey through music schools, cruise ships and merengue bands that ultimately led him to New York, exploring one's personal identity through music, teaching jazz in a non conservatory environment, Sesame Street, and a casual analysis of saxophone on popular recordings in the '80s. He also discusses his new ...

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Article: Interview

Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz and the Ghanaian Connection

Read "Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz and the Ghanaian Connection" reviewed by Duncan Heining


So, Down Beat picks your record, The Poetry of Jazz, as one of its year-end top three. You put out a second volume, which is similarly well-received. Now here's the conundrum. Do you lock into the niche and follow up with more of the same? Or do you go for broke with that program masterpiece you ...

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Article: Radio

Barry Harris, Bob Brookmeyer and Chet Baker @ 90 – Bob James @ 80

Read "Barry Harris, Bob Brookmeyer and Chet Baker @ 90 – Bob James @ 80" reviewed by Marc Cohn


December birthdays on G&M! Some big numbers for the living and those who caught the bus. Still with us are pianists Barry Harris at 90 and Bob James at 80. Among those who are with us in sound and memory are trumpeter Chet Baker and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer who would have turned 90. We also ...

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Sacred Kind of Love: The Columbia Recordings

Label: Soulmusic Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD1: Strawberry Moon; The Look Of Love (Feat. Jean Carne); Shivaree Ride; Caught A Touch Of Your Love; Maddie’s Blues; I Will Be Here For You; Monte Carlo Nights; Keep In Touch (Feat. Jean Carne); Summer Nights; Blues For D.P.; Just Enough; French Connections; Something Borrowed, Something Blue; Lullaby For Shana Bly. CD2: Stolen Moments; In A Sentimental Mood; Stella By Starlight; Time Out Of Mind; Jamaica; Gramercy Park; Sacred Kind Of Love (Feat. Phyllis Hyman); Brand New Age; Fly Away; Don’t Take Your Love From Me; Time Out Of Mind; Split Second (Act Ii, The Bar Scene); Nice-N-Easy; Unspoken Love; Protect The Dream. CD3: 1. Take Five (Another Five); Your Love; Only For You (Siempre Para D’sera); Greene Street; Next Exit; I Miss Home; Love Like This (Feat. Lalah Hathaway); Summer Chill; Till You Return To Me; Get On Up; Check Out Grover; É Preciso Perdoar; When I Fall In Love; I’m Glad There Is You; Happenstance. CD4: All My Tomorrows; Nature Boy; Please Send Me Someone To Love; Overjoyed; Flamingo; For Heaven’s Sake; Estate (“Ess-Tah-Tay”) (In Summer); Every Day A Little Death (From A Little Night Music). CD5: Soulful Strut; Can You Stop The Rain; Play That Groove For Me; Bordertown; I Can Count The Times; Village Groove; Headman’s Haunt; Poacher Man; Mystical Force; Uptown; Heat Index; The Night Fantastic.

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz

Read "Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz" reviewed by Jim Worsley


An unassuming bespectacled man in his mid-sixties walks on to the stage. In a band with stellar, famous, and maybe flashier musicians, one could be forgiven if they didn't even notice him right away. But as soon as Bob Sheppard presses a saxophone, clarinet, or flute onto his lips, he is super, man! An incredible musician ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Bob James, David Sanborn, and Marcus Miller: The Lost Tour

Read "Bob James, David Sanborn, and Marcus Miller: The Lost Tour" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Backing a new record with a live tour is, of course, standard practice. So, a tour in support of Double Vision (Warner Brothers, 1986) would be nothing out of the ordinary. The Bob James and David Sanborn classic, that also features Marcus Miller and Steve Gadd, proved to be visionary in its scope and profound in ...

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Article: Under the Radar

The New Golden Age of Jazz Radio

Read "The New Golden Age of Jazz Radio" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


There was the Jazz Age, and later, the Golden Age of Radio. There was no golden age of jazz radio unless one considers the brief, ten-year reign of devolution when swing music dominated the airwaves. Think about this: New York City has not had a twenty-four-hour commercial jazz radio station in over ten years; decades longer ...


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