Artist: Jr. Grover Washington
Release Year: 1990
Record Label: Elektra
Genre: Jazz Instrument, Saxophone
2. Let It Flow (For Dr. J)
3. In the Name of Love
4. Take Me There
5. Just the Two of Us
6. Make Me a Memory (Sad Samba)
Playing Time: 39 min.
Contributing Artists: Bill Withers, Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller, Eric Gale
Distributor: WEA (Distributor)
Recording Type: Studio
Recording Mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: n/a
WINELIGHT, featuring the track "Just The Two Of Us," went platinum and garnered two Grammy awards.
Personnel: Grover Washington, Jr. (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones); Bill Withers (vocals); Paul Griffin, Richard Tee (Fender Rhodes); Raymond Chew (Clavinet); Bill Eaton, Ed Walsh (synthesizer); Eric Gale (guitar); Marcus Miller (bass); Steve Gadd (drums); Robert Greenidge (steel drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion); Hilda Harris, Yvonne Lewis, Ullanda McCullough (background vocals).
Producers: Grover Washington, Jr, Ralph MacDonald.
Recorded in June and July 1980.
Also available with COME MORNING on 1 cassette.
Personnel: Grover Washington, Jr. (saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bill Withers (vocals); Eric Gale (guitar); Paul Griffin (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, keyboards); Richard Tee (Fender Rhodes piano); Ray Chew (Clavinet); Bill Eaton (Oberheim synthesizer); Steve Gadd (drums); Ralph MacDonald (congas, percussion); Robert Greenidge (steel drum); Ullanda McCullough, Yvonne Lewis, Hilda Harris (background vocals).
Audio Remixer: Elliot Scheiner.
Liner Note Author: David Nathan.
Recording information: Rosebud Recording Studio (06/1980-07/1980).
Photographers: Don Hunstein; Tom Copi; Jim Shea; Robin Kaplan; Scott Weiner.
Arranger: Bill Eaton.
WINELIGHT is probably one of Grover Washington's best-loved albums. It includes Bill Withers' Grammy Award winning song "Just the Two of Us," and other well-executed smooth jazz compositions. Washington has long been one of the leaders in R&B-influenced jazz, and this album consolidates his claim to fame as one of the fathers of this often misunderstood sub-genre.
Steve Gadd's smart drumming gives each song a relaxed, infectious groove. The saxophonist really unwinds on tunes such as "Let it Flow (for "Dr. J.)" and "Make Me a Memory (Sad Samba)," improvising over a soulful blend of blues, jazz, and pop, a combination both accessible to mainstream pop listeners and musically compelling to jazz fans.