To Grover, With Love

To Grover, With Love

by Jason Miles

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To Grover, With Love

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2008
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0099923453628
catalogNumber: 4536

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   Composer
Buddy Williams   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Joe Black   Composer
Chris Argosta   Engineer

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