I have written several times, in several posts, about my cousin who brought home his large record collection and stereo system. Among his collection were some of the biggest names in R&B and fusion. One of those names that appeared among all those records was Grover Washington, Jr.
It was later that I would find out that he didn’t have Washington’s first three albums: Inner City Blues, All The King’s Horses, and Soul Box. But he did have the fourth album, Mister Magic. And I was so glad he did.
Much like George Duke, I got a lot of knowledge of R&B/jazz fusion dropped on me by listening to Grover’s works. But out of all of them, this one and the follow up, Feels So Good, I played a lot. And the song I played the most was the title cut from Mister Magic.
Featuring a who’s-who of sidemen and arranged by the great Bob James, the song just gets into a groove and cruises for nine minutes. There have been a lot of songs since that have been labeled “smooth jazz,” but only a select few that actually meet the description. Or helped coin the term in the first place.
Enjoy this morning’s groove. And as always thanks for listening and reading.
(Special shout-out to Chevvy8 for reminding me of the late, great Grover Washington, Jr. His saxophone is truly missed down here, but I’m sure he’s blowing strong in heaven’s fusion orchestra).