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To Grover, With Love

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Since the passing of sax great Grover Washington, Jr. in late 1999, the smooth jazz world has paid what seems like nonstop tribute to him, with genre stars constantly invoking his influence and several years of an all-star Groovin' for Grover tour. Setting the standard for tributes on the studio end was veteran keyboardist Jason Miles' heartfelt 2000 disc To Grover, With Love, which featured most of the legend's "greatest hits" played passionately by all-star saxmen including the late Michael Brecker, Gerald Albright, Jay Beckenstein, Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, Everette Harp, and Steve Cole, in addition to Herbie Mann and Russ Freeman. Aside from the solid, soulful ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Since the passing of sax great Grover Washington, Jr. in late 1999, the smooth jazz world has paid what seems like nonstop tribute to him, with genre stars constantly invoking his influence and several years of an all-star Groovin' for Grover tour. Setting the standard for tributes on the studio end was veteran keyboardist Jason Miles' heartfelt 2000 disc To Grover, With Love, which featured most of the legend's "greatest hits" played passionately by all-star saxmen including the late Michael Brecker, Gerald Albright, Jay Beckenstein, Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, Everette Harp, and Steve Cole, in addition to Herbie Mann and Russ Freeman. Aside from the solid, soulful grooving, passionate playing, and dynamic production, this long awaited sequel is most notable for the off-the-beaten-path turf it covers. The casual Grover fan may only know the two most famous tracks here, a warm-hearted and sensual vocal version of "Mr. Magic" by Maysa and the moody, old-school keyboard-driven take on "Strawberry Moon." But that, along with the slightly scaled down guest list Chuck Loeb, Gerald Veasley, Najee, Andy Snitzer, Kim Waters, Jay Beckenstein, Dean Brown, Dominick Farinacci is the reason that this is in some ways an even more effective homage. Miles has long been a brilliant arranger, but the choice of slightly more obscure material "Summer Nights," "Bright Moments," "Reed Seed," "The Saddest Thing" forces the listener to contemplate Grover's deeper heart and artistry that the star studded greatest-hits angle of the first collection could only scratch the surface of. While each of the featured saxmen gets a crack or two at carrying on Grover's sax vibe, Miles makes a smart move in rendering tracks like "Moonstreams" sax free; on that song, Farinacci's dreamy trumpet carries the cool until Miles chimes in with a rich improvisational Rhodes solo. Considering Grover's decades-deep catalog, a second sequel shouldn't be out of the question; all fans new and old who dig this sequel should be requesting that it doesn't take eight years to "Let It Flow" again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923453628
  • Catalog Number: 4536
  • Sales rank: 68,478

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Summer Nights (5:13)
  2. 2 Bright Moments (5:18)
  3. 3 Making Love to You (4:14)
  4. 4 Mr. Magic (4:52)
  5. 5 Strawberry Moon (4:10)
  6. 6 Moonstreams (6:46)
  7. 7 Reaching Out (4:32)
  8. 8 Reed Seed (3:22)
  9. 9 The Saddest Thing (6:12)
  10. 10 Stolen Moments (7:02)
  11. 11 To Grover with Love (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jason Miles Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Najee Alto Saxophone
Kim Waters Soprano Saxophone
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Maysa Vocals
Gerald Veasley Bass
Jay Beckenstein Soprano Saxophone
Dean Brown Guitar
Chuck Loeb Guitar
Andy Snitzer Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Williams Drums
Brian Dunne Drums
Dominick Farinacci Trumpet
Technical Credits
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Composer
Najee Engineer
Oliver Nelson Composer
Kim Waters Engineer
Ralph MacDonald Composer
Gerald Veasley Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Jay Beckenstein Engineer
Dave Kowalski Engineer
Chuck Loeb Arranger, Composer, Engineer, rhythm arrangement
Jason Miles Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Author, rhythm arrangement, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Marcus Miller Composer
William Salter Composer
Grover Washington Jr. Composer
Paul Wickliffe Mastering
Buddy Williams Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Joe Black Composer
Chris Argosta Engineer
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