Includes liner notes by Jason Miles.
Tributee: Grover Washington, Jr.
Personnel: Jason Miles (keyboards, bass synthesizer, drums, programming, drum programming, percussion programming); Carrie Harrington, Sounds of Blackness, Billy Steele (vocals); Dean Brown , Nick Moroch (guitar, electric guitar); Jeff Mironov (guitar); Peter White (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Joe Sample (electric guitar, electric piano); Jenny Strenger, Dan Reed, Fiona Simon, Ann Kim, David Chan, Anna Rabinova, Sandra Park, Lisa Kim, Eugene J. Moye, Robert Rinehart, Sarah Seiver (strings); Dave Mann , Paul Taylor (soprano saxophone); Jay Beckstein, Jay Beckenstein (alto saxophone); Steve Cole (tenor saxophone); Randy Brecker (trumpet); George Duke (piano, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Tom Schuman (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Greg Phillinganes (piano); Joey DeFrancesco (organ); Francisco Centeno (electric bass); Richie Morales, Steve Ferrone, Buddy Williams (drums); Cyro Baptista, Pablo Batista (percussion); Steve Wolf (drum programming); Regina Belle, Chaka Khan (vocals); Chuck Loeb, Russ Freeman , Mark Whitfield (guitar); Herbie Mann (flute); Dave Koz (soprano saxophone); Gerald Albright (alto saxophone); Everette Harp, Michael Brecker, Richard Elliot, Ronnie Laws (tenor saxophone); Sounds of Blackness.
Audio Mixer: Doug Oberkircher.
Liner Note Author: Jason Miles .
Recording information: BearTracks, Suffern, NY; Doppler Studios, Atlanta, GA; Earthsong Studios, N. Hollywood, CA; Echo Bay Studios, Minneapolis, MN; Le Conks, LA, CA; Little Bear, Suffern, NY; Live Wire Productions, NY; Quad Studios, NY; Shelter Island Sound, NY; Step Bridge Studios, Santa Fe, NM; The Clubhouse, Orange County, NY.
Authors: Gerald Albright; Dave Koz; Chuck Loeb; Dean Brown ; Gary Hines.
Arranger: Jason Miles .
Jason Miles shows his appreciation for the highly respected saxophonist Grover Washington with this excellent CD titled To Grover, With Love. This is not your ordinary tribute CD filled with mere exercises in nostalgia, but one filled with cutting-edge, contemporary performances by flutist Herbie Mann and guitarist Russ Freeman, among others. Miles has selected 13 songs, including several of Grover Washington's best-known songs, and added solo showcases that flow smoothly with endless nuances of color and emotion. These versions do full justice to Grover's timeless compositions and songs by Marvin Gaye ("Inner City Blues") and Bill Withers ("Just the Two of Us" and "Summer Chill"). The CD itself is the centerpiece since each track exhibits such high standards of musicianship from start to finish. From the guitar lead of Russ Freeman on "East River Drive" to the soulful sax wailings, this CD dusts off, shakes down, and hands you some searing soul, scorching riffs, and serious funk. The instrumental arrangement that is clearly a refreshing change is Herbie Mann's flute playing that Miles substituted as lead instrument on the Washington saxophone legacy "Mr. Magic." To Grover, With Love clearly ranks among Miles' best tributes that include his phenomenal hits that showcased the music of Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul on The Music of Weather Report and Ivan Lins' compositions on A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins. ~ Paula Edelstein