Music News: Grover Washington Jr: Sacred Kind Of Love – The Columbia Recordings, 5CD

SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Sacred Kind Of Love: The Columbia Recordings,” a 5-disc deluxe box set of six stellar albums, spanning nine years (1987-1996) by legendary saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., justifiably considered an influential pioneer in fusing jazz, soul, R&B and pop and bringing his distinctive sound to mainstream audiences globally.

After he signed with Columbia Records in 1986, Washington had already established himself as a leader in the genre known as ‘jazz/funk’ thanks to a series of ground breaking albums for Kudu Records (including “Mister Magic” and “Feels So Good”) in the mid-‘70s. The 1980 release of “Winelight,” Washington’s million-selling debut for Elektra Records (which contained the mega-hit ‘Just The Two Of Us’, featuring Bill Withers) marked a state change in the crossover appeal of what became known worldwide as ‘smooth jazz.’

Four of the six albums –STRAWBERRY MOON (1987), TIME OUT OF MIND (1989), NEXT EXIT (1992) and SOULFUL STRUT (1996), his final LP for Columbia – achieved success on the U.S. R&B, jazz and pop charts, while two albums, 1988’s THEN AND NOW (with guest players such as Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Grady Tate) and 1994’s ALL MY TOMORROWS (featuring Eddie Henderson, Bobby Watson, Hank Jones, Robin Eubanks and Billy Hart) were both critically acclaimed by audiences demonstrating Grover’s skill as a ‘straight ahead’ jazz musician of the first order.

TRACKLISTING

DISC ONE
STRAWBERRY MOON /
THEN AND NOW

STRAWBERRY MOON
1. STRAWBERRY MOON
2. THE LOOK OF LOVE (Feat. Jean Carne)
3. SHIVAREE RIDE
4. CAUGHT A TOUCH OF YOUR LOVE
5. MADDIE’S BLUES
6. I WILL BE HERE FOR YOU
7. MONTE CARLO NIGHTS
8. KEEP IN TOUCH (Feat. Jean Carne)
9. SUMMER NIGHTS
THEN AND NOW
10. BLUES FOR D.P.
11. JUST ENOUGH
12. FRENCH CONNECTIONS
13. SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE
14. LULLABY FOR SHANA BLY

DISC TWO
THEN AND NOW (Cont.) / TIME OUT OF MIND

THEN AND NOW (Cont.)
1. STOLEN MOMENTS
2. IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD
3. STELLA BY STARLIGHT
TIME OUT OF MIND
4. JAMAICA
5. GRAMERCY PARK
6. SACRED KIND OF LOVE (Feat. Phyllis Hyman)
7. BRAND NEW AGE
8. FLY AWAY
9. DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE FROM ME
10. TIME OUT OF MIND
11. SPLIT SECOND (ACT II, THE BAR SCENE)
12. NICE-N-EASY
13. UNSPOKEN LOVE
BONUS TRACK
14. PROTECT THE DREAM

DISC THREE
NEXT EXIT /
ALL MY TOMORROWS

NEXT EXIT
1. TAKE FIVE (ANOTHER FIVE)
2. YOUR LOVE
3. ONLY FOR YOU (SIEMPRE PARA D’SERA)
4. GREENE STREET
5. NEXT EXIT
6. I MISS HOME
7. LOVE LIKE THIS (Feat. Lalah Hathaway)
8. SUMMER CHILL
9. TILL YOU RETURN TO ME
10. GET ON UP
11. CHECK OUT GROVER
ALL MY TOMORROWS
12. É PRECISO PERDOAR
13. WHEN I FALL IN LOVE
14. I’M GLAD THERE IS YOU
15. HAPPENSTANCE

DISC FOUR
ALL MY TOMORROWS (Cont.)

1. ALL MY TOMORROWS
2. NATURE BOY
3. PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE
4. OVERJOYED
5. FLAMINGO
6. FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE
7. ESTATE (“ESS-TAH-TAY”) (IN SUMMER)
BONUS TRACK
8. EVERY DAY A LITTLE DEATH (FROM A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC)

DISC FIVE
SOULFUL STRUT

1. SOULFUL STRUT
2. CAN YOU STOP THE RAIN
3. PLAY THAT GROOVE FOR ME
4. BORDERTOWN
5. I CAN COUNT THE TIMES
6. VILLAGE GROOVE
7. HEADMAN’S HAUNT
8. POACHER MAN
9. MYSTICAL FORCE
10. UPTOWN
BONUS TRACKS
11. HEAT INDEX
12. THE NIGHT FANTASTIC

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