"Grover Washington, Jr. - Prime Cuts: The Greatest Hits 1987-1999"
 : "Grover Washington, Jr. - Prime Cuts: The Greatest Hits 1987-1999"

by: Grover Washington Jr

Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 4000002632212
Item Dimensions: 4550020575
Label: Sony
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Sony
MPN: 074646972229
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: December 07, 1999
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: December 07, 1999
Studio: Sony

Disc 1:
  1. Take Five (Take Another Five)
  2. Sacred Kind Of Love
  3. Only For You (Siempre Para Ti Sere)
  4. Please Send Me Someone To Love
  5. Strawberry Moon
  6. Summer Nights
  7. Heat Index
  8. Next Exit
  9. Blues For DP
  10. Soulful Strut (The Top Down Version)
  11. The Love In His Infant Eyes
  12. The Night Fantastic
  13. Protect The Dream
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Editorial Review:
Washington's Columbia material wasn't quite as rapturous as his landmark records from the '70s (most notably Inner City Blues and Mister Magic), which minted the template for the smooth jazz. But Prime Cuts offers a concise yet comprehensive overview of a surprisingly adventurous period in the soulful saxophonist's career, which was tragically cut short by his death at age 56 in late 1999. There are classic Washington grooves like "Strawberry Moon" and his version of Brubeck's "Take Five," both songs showcasing his luminescent tone and sinuous inflections. "Only for You" and "Summer Nights" pour soothing horn phrases over lively percussion, while "Blues for D.P." puts Washington in a more straightforward, postbop setting with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Grady Tate. Of the three previously unissued tracks, "Heat Index," suffers from a stilted arrangement and not enough bottom-tone organ; a new rendition of "Soulful Strut" is marvelous but only marginally different than the original; and "The Night Fantastic" is a relatively standard workout enhanced by Washington's dulcet modulations and quickly punctuated crescendoes. The closer, "Protect the Dream," delivers the giddy eddies and melodic swoons most listeners now associate with Kenny G--except that Grover's are invested with twice as much soul. --Britt Robson

Average Rating: none

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