20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Grover Washington, Jr.by Grover Washington Jr.
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Grover Washington, Jr. is a short but solid overview of Grover Washington's years at Motown and Kudu, the two labels where he established his reputation as one of the great lyrical innovators inside funky soul-jazz-based groove music, and before he entered the slipstream known as "smooth jazz." These tunes are slick, but they have teeth and unbridled emotion. The very nature of Washington's lyrical palette here is wider and far more accessible, kicking tunes like "Mr. Magic" and "Feels So Good" right to the dancefloor without indulging disco. But it's deeper than that. His version of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)" is so gutbucket funky, he got props from the singer. But there's something else here, too. Washington's own intensely melodic and individual form of lyric improvisation does come through on the ballads: check the soprano playing on "A Secret Place" for a healthy shot of this. This collection is by no means complete, and indeed, barely scratches the surface of these years, but this is a healthy taste of the most creative and adventurous period in Washington's career.
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Performance CreditsGrover Washington Primary Artist
Bob James Conductor
Bill Eaton Conductor
Technical CreditsSteve Cropper Composer
Bob James Arranger
David Matthews Horn Arrangements
Leonard "Doc" Gibbs Arranger
Booker T. Jones Composer
Creed Taylor Producer
Grover Washington Arranger,Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Susaye Greene Composer
Bill Eaton Arranger
James Nyx Composer
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I came to know about the music of this talented man back in the 80's while I was a college student. I just heard his music accidentally in a local bar. At that time I had no taste for any particular type of music. I quite frankly say his music set my taste for music. Ever since then I am collecting his album,including this one.With out any doubt he is the greatest icon of jazz fusion music. It is a great trajedy for all of us that this great person is no longer with with us today.