Personnel: Grover Washington, Jr. (saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eric Gale (guitar); Harry Glickman, Joseph Malin, Harold Kohon, David Nadien, Matthew Raimondi, Max Ellen, Paul Gershman, Harry Lookofsky (violin); The Manny Vardi Strings, Al Brown (viola); Charles McCracken , Alan Shulman (cello); Phil Bodner (baritone saxophone); Jon Faddis, Marvin Stamm (trumpet, flugelhorn); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Wayne Andre (trombone); Tony Studd (bass trombone); Bob James (piano, electric piano, keyboards); Harvey Mason, Sr. (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Doug Ramsey.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (11/1974).
Photographer: Alen MacWeeney.
Arranger: Bob James.
This is one of Grover Washington, Jr.'s best-loved recordings and considered a classic of r&bish jazz. All four songs (which includes Billy Strayhorn's "Passion Flower") are quite enjoyable but it is "Mister Magic" that really caught on as a major hit. Bob James provided the colorful if somewhat commercial arrangements, there are spots for guitarist Eric Gale, and Washington (mostly on tenor and soprano) is heard in particularly creative form. Highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow