Personnel includes: Grover Washington, Jr. (saxophone); Bob James (piano, keyboards); John Blake (violin); Eric Gale (guitar); Harvey Mason (drums); Ralph McDonald (percussion).
Producers: Creed Taylor, Grover Washington, Jr.
Compilation producer: Harry Weinger.
Recorded between 1971 and 1980. Includes liner notes by Rickey Vincent.
Digitally remastered by Suha Gur (Universal Mastering Studios East).
This is part of MCA's 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection series.
Photographers: Wayne Knight; Jim Shea.
Arrangers: Leonard "Doc" Gibbs; Grover Washington, Jr.; Bill Eaton; Bob James.
THE BEST OF GROVER WASHINGTON, JR. celebrates the man who changed the face of popular music and jazz by fusing the two styles together in the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Washington's music was funky and hypnotic, blending together jazz, R&B, and soul stylings into one cogent, sensual musical package.
Washington, throughout his career, was capable of outplaying both contemporaries and imitators, and usually avoided the trappings of disco. Songs such as "Mister Magic," (his theme song), "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)," "I Can't Help It," "It Feels So Good," and others included here have become classics in the R&B-jazz genre.