Strawberry Moon/Then and Now/Time Out of Mind

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Great Britain's BGO label looks into saxophone giant Grover Washington Jr.'s Columbia period. The three albums on two CDs here find him at the height of his popularity. While he had cut House Full of Love for the label in 1986, it was a soundtrack set for Bill Cosby's TV sitcom. Strawberry Moon, issued in 1988, represents his proper debut offering for the label. Here the king of R&B-driven jazz saxophonists shines on all three horns, as music director, and as producer. Some of the guests on the album include James Lloyd, Gerald Veasely who was soon to join Washington's band, Joey DeFrancesco, and Marcus Miller -- who wrote and co-produced the single "Summer Nights" for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Great Britain's BGO label looks into saxophone giant Grover Washington Jr.'s Columbia period. The three albums on two CDs here find him at the height of his popularity. While he had cut House Full of Love for the label in 1986, it was a soundtrack set for Bill Cosby's TV sitcom. Strawberry Moon, issued in 1988, represents his proper debut offering for the label. Here the king of R&B-driven jazz saxophonists shines on all three horns, as music director, and as producer. Some of the guests on the album include James Lloyd, Gerald Veasely who was soon to join Washington's band, Joey DeFrancesco, and Marcus Miller -- who wrote and co-produced the single "Summer Nights" for the session. Other highlights include Jean Carne's enigmatic performance on the Bacharach-David nugget "The Look of Love," B.B. King's guitar and vocal guest spot on "Caught a Touch of Your Love," and the stellar midtempo groover "I Will Be There for You," written by Michael J. Powell, who also plays guitar and co-produced it. Washington's critics greeted 1989's Then and Now with shock because it is a straight-ahead jazz date. Grover recruited some heavyweights including Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tommy Flanagan, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, and others for the date. He recorded some of their tunes, too: Carter's "Blues for D.P.," Hancock's "Just Enough," and Flanagan's "Something Borrowed, Something Blue" are in the track list. There is a fine reading of Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood," with breathtaking piano work by Flanagan. Washington's own gorgeous "Lullaby for Shana Bly" is also a set high point. Ever the restless innovator, there was a twist in the mix. On numerous cuts, Washington juxtaposed straight-ahead jazzmen with members of his own band -- check bassist Veasely playing a five-string bass on "Stella by Starlight," and electric guitarist Richard Lee Steacker on this arrangement of Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments." The set hit the number two spot on the jazz charts. Time Out of Mind was a return to contemporary jazz. It was chock-full of programmed keyboards, basses, and drums though conventional instruments are often used with the programmed ones. Highlights include Ronnie Foster's "Jamaica," on which he plays everything but saxophones; the title track, which is indeed a reading of the Donald Fagen-Walter Becker number; and the shimmering groove of Donald Robinson's "Nice-n-Easy." While this was the second recording in a row that didn't cross over to the R&B charts the way his previous records had, Time Out of Mind hit the top spot on the contemporary jazz charts and sold very well. This package also contains the Washington-penned bonus cut "Unspoken Love," from the album's sessions. As is typical of BGO packages, the remastering job is warm, full, and resonant, and Charles Waring's liner essay is as authoritative as it is intuitive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2012
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261210197
  • Catalog Number: 6121019
  • Sales rank: 75,764

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grover Washington Jr. Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, fairlight, fender rhodes, Horn Section
Phyllis Hyman Vocals
Ron Carter Upright Bass
Tommy Flanagan Piano (Grand)
Herbie Hancock Piano (Grand)
Marvin "Smitty" Smith Drums
Grady Tate Drums
Jean Carne Vocals
Gerald Veasley Bass, 5-string Bass
Randy Bowland Guitar
Tyrone Brown Electric Upright Bass
Daryl Burgee Percussion
Igor Butman Tenor Saxophone
Joey DeFrancesco fender rhodes, Piano (Grand)
Miguel Fuentes Percussion, Conga
Leonard "Doc" Gibbs Percussion, Conga
Spencer Harrison Vocals, Background Vocals
Paula Holloway Background Vocals
Bill Jolly Electric Piano
B.B. King Guitar, Vocals
Michael J. Powell Guitar
Donald Robinson Keyboards
Jim Salamone Percussion, Drums
James Sid Simmons fairlight, Piano (Grand)
Richard Lee Steacker Guitar
Darryl Washington Drums, Timbales
Philip Woo Synthesizer, Keyboards
Sid Simmons Keyboards
Elizabeth Hogue Background Vocals
Randall Bowland Guitar
Ellen Cohen Bell-tree, Wind Chimes
James Lloyd fairlight, fender rhodes, DX-7, Piano (Grand)
Lawrence Newton Background Vocals
Tracey Alston Background Vocals
Jim Salomone Percussion, Drums, Linn Drum
Technical Credits
Ron Carter Composer
Ronnie Foster Producer, Instrumentation
Burt Bacharach Composer
Gerald Veasley Arranger
Al Alberts Jr. Engineer
Dr. George Butler Executive Producer
Hal David Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Peter Humphreys Engineer, Mastering
Bill Jolly Arranger, Instrumentation
Scott MacMinn Engineer
Marcus Miller Producer, Instrumentation
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
Michael J. Powell Producer
Donald Robinson Arranger, Producer
Joe Tarsia Engineer
Grover Washington Jr. Arranger, Composer, Producer
Eric Calvi Engineer
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Fernando Kral Engineer
Rico Lins Art Direction
Tim Kinsey Engineer
Charles Waring Liner Notes
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Jim Salomone Programming
Nimitr Sarkananda Mastering
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