Feels So Good/A Secret Place

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The pairing of these two albums by the mighty Australian reissue label Raven is important for a couple of reasons. First, it puts together a beautifully remastered version, one of the late Grover Washington, Jr.'s unassailable classics in Feels So Good. Next it puts his A Secret Place in a new light when shimmied up against the former. For a long time, fans felt that Mister Magic and Feels So Good were the last recordings where Washington still took chances rather than be dictated to by slick L.A. producers for Columbia Records. A Secret Place reveals itself to have a place of honor among Washington's truly soulful yet utterly inventive funky jazz records. A decent remaster ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The pairing of these two albums by the mighty Australian reissue label Raven is important for a couple of reasons. First, it puts together a beautifully remastered version, one of the late Grover Washington, Jr.'s unassailable classics in Feels So Good. Next it puts his A Secret Place in a new light when shimmied up against the former. For a long time, fans felt that Mister Magic and Feels So Good were the last recordings where Washington still took chances rather than be dictated to by slick L.A. producers for Columbia Records. A Secret Place reveals itself to have a place of honor among Washington's truly soulful yet utterly inventive funky jazz records. A decent remaster of Feels So Good was long overdue, as was Mister Magic, but little did we know how sorely we needed A Secret Place as well. The tracks on the former need no more critical comment: it's among the most essential jazz-funk records ever made and easily one of the most lyrical and passionate. The latter does contain the beautiful "Passion Flower," which was a single, but it also contains a killer read of Harvey Mason's "Love Makes It Better," and an understated, chancy version of Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" and Washington's own title track, which is worth the purchase price alone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2003
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657015322
  • Catalog Number: 153
  • Sales rank: 88,686

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Sea Lion (5:52)
  2. 2 Moonstreams (5:54)
  3. 3 Knucklehead (7:45)
  4. 4 It Feels So Good (8:08)
  5. 5 Hydra (9:08)
  6. 6 A Secret Place (8:12)
  7. 7 Dolphin Dance (8:45)
  8. 8 Not Yet (8:33)
  9. 9 Love Makes It Better (8:04)
  10. 10 Passion Flower (5:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grover Washington Jr. Primary Artist, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jon Faddis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bob James Synthesizer, Piano, Conductor, Electric Piano
Steve Khan Guitar
Al Brown Viola
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
David Nadien Violin
Seymour Barab Cello
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dave Grusin Piano
Lewis Eley Violin
Max Ellen Violin
Barry Finclair Violin
John Frosk Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Steve Gadd Drums
Eric Gale Guitar
John Gatchell Trumpet
Emanuel Green Violin
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Anthony Jackson Bass
Louis Johnson Bass
Gary King Bass
Harold Kohon Violin
Guy Lumia Violin
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Charles McCracken Cello
Bob Millikan Trumpet, Flugelhorn
George Mraz Bass
Gerry Niewood Alto Saxophone
Raoul Poliakin Violin
Alan Raph Bass Trombone
Barry Rogers Trombone
Dave Taylor Bass
The Manny Vardi Strings Viola
Sidney Weinberg English Horn, Oboe
Jimmy Madison Drums
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Bob James Arranger
David Matthews Horn Arrangements
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
David Hungate Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Bobby Kimball Composer
Steve Lukather Composer
David Paich Composer
Jeff Porcaro Composer
Steve Porcaro Composer
Creed Taylor Producer
Richard Mantel Art Direction
Warren Barnett Mastering
Peter Shillito Concept
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