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5.0 von 5 Sternen Blues for Mister Magic..., 16. September 2006
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G.Villan (travelling around the world) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
Rezension bezieht sich auf: To Grover With Love (Audio CD)
Friends and acquaintances, if asked, would more than likely consider me to be a 'card carrying cynic' ( I much prefer the term realist! ). And when it comes to purchasing any music, to add to my ever growing collection, I may tend to be overly cautious. But having fallen victim to many a recording lable's marketing/pr depts. enticing come-on's I find I tend to look long and hard before I take the proverbial leap in handing over my hard-earned dollar for just any piece of music that might look promising. 'Once bitten twice shy!' And when it comes to 'Tribute' discs then my normally subdued internal alarms tend to blare loudly, secure in the knowledge that many of these CD's are much more concerned with seperating you from your money as opposed to actually showing repect for the artist contained within. So, with no small trepidition, I placed on headphones at my local record store, prepared to listen to " To Grover, With Love ", all the while smugly secure in my unfounded suspicions! But, once again, I was proven wrong....and happily so.

While many 'true' Jazz lover's would not find it complimentary Grover Washington ( along with David Sanborn ) may be primarily responsible for beginning the genre referred to as 'Smooth Jazz." And while many may wince at that remark it may, alas, very well be true as well. And with the list of artists to be found on " To Grover, With Love " it looks as though many have 'come home' to show their admiration for one of Jazz's true saxophone giants. A man, along with Stan Getz, who played his instrument in the most lyrical of fashions! And while paying tribute to a musician who has released an almost countless number of disc's may prove to be a task of almost 'herculean proportions' at least they do cover the basics here, and they cover them very well thank you! While I've never been a fan of the Ripingtons' Russ Freeman's " East River Drive " is a real delight. " Just The Two of Us " covered by Regina Belle and George Duke made me once again appreciate this classic and started me wonder why she doesn't cover more jazz standards ( Regina,you are just fantastic ! Keep on singing jazz,this is really your..kingdom ! ).

I must admit it was a thrill to hear Herbie Mann doing "Mr Magic " ( does anyone else remember Push Push? ) and doing it well. Lastly, as usual the Sounds of Blackness and Ronnie Laws rendition of " Inner City Blues " was as it should be....tough, urban and uncompromising. Finishing off the disc is the remarkable " Loran's Dance " led by the Brecker Bros. and Joe Sample and it is a worthy closer to a disc that I have simply fallen for....internal alarms not withstanding.

Overall, what makes any 'Tribute' disc a success isn't necessarily the artist contained within but the admiration and love that they feel for that 'object of affection.' So while the tracks contained here may not surpass the originals in any way they are crafted with a certain caring amd respect that brilliantly shine through. And with Grover leaving us with so much wonderful, unforgettable music it no doubt goes without saying that here is a man who will never be forgotten in our hearts. Mr. Magic may no longer be with us but, in many ways, he'll never be far from our thoughts either.

Thank-you Grover!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's good , it's great ! It's FANTASTIC !!, 12. Juli 2006
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: To Grover With Love (Audio CD)
I have found that most tribute albums are lame and why not just listen to the original.So when I first heard about this project I thought how do you cover God, because Grover was like a God to contemporary jazz.

WOW! What an album! OK, nobody had to write any songs on this, but they all put their own spin on each song and did a fabulous job. Jason Miles produced this fresh off two grammy nominees for his 2000 release tribute CD to Ivan Lins (Sting won for his version of "She Walks This Earth" while Grover was nominateed for "Cameleo").

First the lineup is just stellar: Regina Belle , Gerald Albright, Russ Freeman, Ronnie Laws with Sounds Of Blackness, Herbie Mann, Tom Schuman and Jeff Mironov, Dave Koz, Everette Harp, Steve Cole, George Duke, Mark Whitfield, Richard Elliot, Jay Beckenstein with Dean Brown, Paul Taylor with Peter White, Chuck Loeb with Dave mann, Chaka Khan, Greg Philinganes with the New York Philharmonic String Section, and Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joe Sample with Joey Defrancesco.

If you'd pick up an album with all of these guys on it and it wasn't all Grover tunes you'd buy it! In fact you'd probably have a huge grin on your face and tell half the store about your lucky find on the way to the cash register. So now imagine all these guys playing their version of all these great Grover tunes like: " Just The Two Of Us", " Winelight ", " East River Drive ", " Inner City Blues ", " Come Morning ", " Let It Flow" and more. I can see you smiling and saying yeah I'd buy it and you should. It's good.

It's great.

It's FANTASTIC !
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thank you,Jason,for the great idea!Regina is sublime!, 11. Juli 2002
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: To Grover With Love (Audio CD)
This is not a nostalgic,useless tribute to an Artist.
This is a stellar CD with top jazz musicians in the world who pay "hommage" to a legend with cutting-edge performances!
The track which works the best is the # 7 with the divine Miss Belle in perfect form,nonchalantly sexy,along with Steve Cole(sax) and George Duke(keyboard).
You can't miss this CD,which is still on the top of contemporary jazz charts all over the world,after more than one year from its release!
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