Album Remarks & Appraisals:
In the loving hands of Jason Miles, the magical vibe of Grover Washington Jr. comes vibrantly back to life on Grover with Love, Live in Japan. Featuring special guest Ralph MacDonald on percussion and Ryan Shaw's vocal cameo on the epic smash "Just the Two of Us," Grover is the quintessential live tribute to the masterful sax player, who left this world too soon in at age 56. Joining keyboard wiz Miles is a gifted cadre of NYC jazz talent, including Nick Moroch , Gerald Veasley and Buddy Williams . Andy Snitzer and Eric Darius share sax duties. This recording, adopted from the posthumously released Grover Live from 2010, (a recording of one of Grover's 1997 performances), strives to be everything that Grover was as a jazz performer: funky, sexy, smooth, passionate, beautiful, and consummately performed. The spirit of Grover lives on in renditions of the classic "Winelight," "Black Frost," a track he wrote with Bob James, and a version of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues," among many others. Those interested in a more deeper exploration of Miles' affection for Grover can also check out his two studio tributes, To Grover With Love and 2 Grover with Love.
Tributee: Grover Washington, Jr.
Personnel: Jason Miles (Fender Rhodes piano); Andy Snitzer (tenor saxophone); Eric Darius (tenor saxophone); Ryan Shaw (vocals); Nick Moroch (guitar); Buddy Williams (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Jason Miles .
Recording information: Blue Note, Tokyo (06/2010).