Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Grover Washington, Jr. - Prime Cuts: The Columbia Years 1987-1999 (1999)

The 1970's and early '80s were Grover's best years, so this "best of" package is hit-or-miss. To be fair, though, the late '80s weren't the best years for smooth jazz as many artists moved to synth bass and drums. There's some of that here, but there's also a few tracks that would have fit in on his albums Mister Magic or Winelight. There are three tracks here that were previously unreleased that may have been among Washington's last studio recordings. On December 17, 1999, after taping four songs for The Saturday Early Show, at CBS Studios in New York City, Washington collapsed after suffering a heart attack. Sadly, he was only 56 years old.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: Keepers here are Only for You (Siempre Para Ti Sere), Please Send Me Someone To Love, and Strawberry Moon. It's nice to hear the amazing Herbie Hancock bring it on Blues For DP and Soulful Strut (The Top Down Version) is a lot of fun. There's nothing skippable here; the remainder of the tracks are good enough for background music.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Time Out of Mind (1989)

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