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Grover Washington, Jr.

Winelight (Hybrid Multichannel SACD)

Review by Gary Hill

This new edition of a classic Grover Washington album is great. It’s a limited edition, numbered release. It sounds great. The album is a strong one, particularly for fans of Washington’s brand of jazz. If you like Grover Washington, Jr. and have never owned this album, now is the time. Even if you already have a CD of it, it’s worth getting this edition. It’s great.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2015  Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Winelight

The album leads off with the title track. It’s a great jazz groove with a lot of funk in the mix. I love this piece. It shifts and sways and weaves some classy melody throughout.

Let It Flow (For Dr. J)
The bass brings even more funk to the table here. This is another great smooth jazz cut. It has so much passion and flavor. The horn soloing gets really fired up, too.
In the Name of Love
There is no big change here. Instead, what we’ve got is another killer jazz tune.
Take Me There
This cut is purely on fire. It’s got some of the most intense jamming of the whole disc. It’s also one of my favorites here.
Just the Two of Us
A song with vocals, this lands more towards soulful pop music. It’s also a great song that’s one of the highlights of the set.
Make Me a Memory (Sad Samba)
This melodic jazz instrumental is another classy one. It’s no big surprise, but it’s very effective.

 

 
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