Love Songs [Rhino]

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Grover Washington, Jr.'s mosaic jazz persona balms like an elixir on 13 mellow ones from his 1979 to 1984 Elektra Records period; Love Songs features at least one title from each of his five Elektra albums. These were melodious times for Washington who happily demonstrates his virtuosity on multiple reed instruments and the flute, accompanied by backing singers, acclaimed studio musicians, and star vocalists. Bill Withers unites with Washington on the chart-busting "Just the Two of Us"; Patti Labelle joins him on Cynthia Biggs and Dexter Wansel's "The Best Is Yet to Come"; and Grady Tate croons "Be Mine Tonight." Leonard "Doc" Gibbs, better-known now as chef Emeril ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Grover Washington, Jr.'s mosaic jazz persona balms like an elixir on 13 mellow ones from his 1979 to 1984 Elektra Records period; Love Songs features at least one title from each of his five Elektra albums. These were melodious times for Washington who happily demonstrates his virtuosity on multiple reed instruments and the flute, accompanied by backing singers, acclaimed studio musicians, and star vocalists. Bill Withers unites with Washington on the chart-busting "Just the Two of Us"; Patti Labelle joins him on Cynthia Biggs and Dexter Wansel's "The Best Is Yet to Come"; and Grady Tate croons "Be Mine Tonight." Leonard "Doc" Gibbs, better-known now as chef Emeril Lagasse's bandleader on his cooking show, burns on percussions. This is smooth urban jazz at its finest; even Bob Marley's "Jammin'," a rocker for sure, comes off buttery. If you don't have any of Washington's LPs from this era, this is a good catch-up. Silky joints like "Winelight," "Let It Flow For 'Dr. J'," "East River Drive," and others make listening a pleasure: not the challenge that jazz purists prefer. Even if you're lukewarm about jazz you'll enjoy these accessible spins.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/16/2001
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227669324
  • Catalog Number: 76693
  • Sales rank: 5,287

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just the Two of Us (7:25)
  2. 2 Winelight (7:34)
  3. 3 Come Morning (4:55)
  4. 4 The Best Is Yet to Come (5:59)
  5. 5 Jamming (5:07)
  6. 6 East River Drive (4:46)
  7. 7 Let It Flow (5:54)
  8. 8 Cassie's Theme (4:00)
  9. 9 Be Mine (Tonight) (6:26)
  10. 10 In the Name of Love (5:29)
  11. 11 Jet Stream (5:29)
  12. 12 The Answer in Your Eyes (8:28)
  13. 13 Reaching Out (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grover Washington Jr. Primary Artist, Saxophone
Bill Withers Vocals
Ralph MacDonald Percussion, Conga, Syndrum
Dexter Wansel Synthesizer
Tyrone Brown Bass
Steve Gadd Drums
Eric Gale Guitar
Leonard "Doc" Gibbs Percussion
Robert Greenidge Drums
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Yvonne Lewis Background Vocals
Ullanda McCullough Background Vocals
Marcus Miller Bass
Zachary Sanders Background Vocals
Richard Tee fender rhodes
Millard Vinson Drums
Ed Walsh oberheim
Bill Eaton oberheim
Technical Credits
William Eaton Composer
Ralph MacDonald Composer, Producer
Richard Alderson Engineer
Stanley Clarke Composer
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
William Salter Composer
Richard Lee Steacker Composer
Grover Washington Jr. Composer, Producer
Maria Villar Art Direction
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Art Sorenson Composer
Shawn Amos Editorial Coordinator
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
Daniel Hersch Remastering
Arlene Sorenson Composer
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