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on 30 September 2001
This is the most commercially sucessful of the late saxophonists many releases, due in no small part to the Bill Withers vocalised hit single "Just The Two Of Us". The five remaining instrumental tracks just ooze that "late night with someone close" feeling. Grover's saxophone is warm and inviting. Too often overlooked by jazz purists for being too commercial, Grover nevertheless did not become a household name . This is a tragedy which can only be partly resolved by purchasing this album regardless of your personal musical styles preference.
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on 24 November 2003
If you love the smooth sound of Grover Washington Jr, this is his best CD brought to life in this wounderful DVD-Audio Version. you can even sing along to Just The Two Of Us (the words are on screen).
The DVD-Audio is the best thing i have ever heard it is like your really at the concert (especially if you own a sourround sound system) it really brings the music to life you hear all the levels that are lost ona CD.
you really do have to try it to know what i am talking about! the quality and the whole listening experience is 100% better. the couple of extra £'s that is cost to get the DVD-Audio version is well worth the expense.
Happy Listening!
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on 26 June 2007
Commercial jazz has had its fair share of knocks since it became fashionable to dislike the (sometimes) bland and souless playing of the likes of Kenny G et al.However, amongst the largely mindless pop music of the eighties shone this fine album.

Commercial-yes, but the playing and production are of such high quality that if you cannot recognise the splendour of these summer jazz/samba beats then you do not understand music.The soulful bonus of the fantastic Bill Withers is just about the icing on the cake.

Relax,kick back on a summer's day with a glass of cool wine and let the vibe wash over you-that's a rare kind of musical peace that you need to experience.
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on 6 November 2006
I own about 50 DVD audio discs, and a very good Meridian surround sound system. The quality of the sound on this DVD is the best I have ever heard, any where, at any time, on any system. What a tester this is for your kit. It's the first thing I let people hear to show the pure quality of 5 channel DVD audio, and they all go away converted. If you have heard this, and you think you have heard anything of better quality {Technicaly} I would love to know what it is. Its just a pity there are not lots more DVD Audio titles out there.
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I can vividly recall being in London on a warm spring Saturday morning in April 1981 (on Holiday from Dublin). Have graduated the year previous from Rock to Soul Music in a big way - I sauntered into the "Record Shack"- Funk Specialists located in the fruit and veg market area of Berwick Street in Soho. Up on the wall was 'Jazz Fusion' album of the month - "Winelight" by GROVER WASHINGTON, Jr.

I'd no idea at the time that it had been a Jazz sensation in the States for over 6 months - crossing over big time to the Pop realm - nominated for two Grammys (and winning). Then the guy behind the counter put the needle down for the umpteenth time that day. I only had to hear the first minutes of its title track and bought it immediately. And it's been on my turntable and on Jazz Radio Station playlists ever since. Here are the Wine And Sax details...

Released January 2001 - Warners Jazz/Elektra Masters 7559-62608-2 (Barcode 075596260824) CD breaks down as follows (39:14 minutes):

1. Winelight
2. Let It Flow (For "Dr. J")
3. In The Name Of Love
4. Take Me There [Side 2]
5. Just The Two Of Us [vocals Bill Withers]
6. Make Me A Memory (Sad Samba)

Tracks 1 to 6 are the album "Winelight" released November 1980 in the USA on Elektra Records 7E-305 and April 1981 in the UK on Elektra Records K 52262. It rose to Number 2 on the US Billboard R&B charts and Number 5 on Billboards Pop charts (UK Number 34 on the Pop charts in May 1981).

The gatefold digipak features the generic 'Warner Jazz' and 'Elektra Masters' logos on the front and rear - you get a very basic gatefold inlay with notes on the album by Chrissie Murray, then Editor of Jazzwise magazine. The inner gatefold flap has all the session details - a huge array of top musicians that are now household names to Soul, Funk and Jazz lovers - Washington, Jr on Alto, Soprano and Tenor Saxophones, Ralph MacDonald on Percussion (he also co-wrote "In The Name Of Love" with William Salter and "Just The Two Of us" with Bill Withers and William Salter), Marcus Miller on Bass, Steve Gadd on Drums, Eric Gale on Guitar and Richard Tee on Keyboards. Bill Withers famously provides vocals on "Just The Two Of Us" (a USA R&B Number 3 hit, Number 2 in the Pop charts).

The remaster is lovely too (doesn't say who did) - warm and sexy. Speaking of which - it isn't just that the "Winelight" album is Funky - it's sensual - in a way that many records after it tried to chase and more often than not - failed. "Winelight" also scored by only having 3 tracks on each side - each beautifully produced (Washington, Jr and MacDonald did the Production) and Engineered (Richard Alderson). Songs often come at you sideways - like the gorgeous "Make Me A Memory (Sad Samba)" indeed poured out of your speakers like good wine with friends. Try resisting that sensational bass into to "Let It Flow (For "Dr. J") that slinks out of your speakers like the love-child of Steely Dan's "Aja" - fabulous stuff.

This CD and most titles in the 'Elektra Masters" series are dirt-cheap now (2014) - often less than three quid from some online retailers. Forget Sainsbury's Chardonnay - here's a glass of aural class for an awful lot less and with a far sweeter aftertaste...
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on 31 December 2012
There is a paradox in the career of the late Grover Washington. Although he was a tremendously successful saxophonist and made a number of very commercial albums,he wasn't properly recognised for the great jazz musician that he actually was. Although this 1980 album has been around for many years,it still sells well and is very popular with the jazz club set in many parts of the world.This is a great album for chilling out on a hot summers evening and the music has a very fresh summery sound which is very appealing even now 13 years into the new century of so called cool jazz.
The CD by Elektra Records is superb but if you can get your hands on the DVD AUDIO disc the sound is mind blowing.To obtain full benefit from DVD AUDIO you will need to have a suitable DVD AUDIO player which is capable of Advanced Resolution Multi Channel Surround Sound.There is also an advanced stereo channel mix on the disc also for use in DVD AUDIO players.
If however you have a good quality DVD video player with DTS 5.1 (Digital Theatre Sound)capability then you can still enjoy the great sound quality of the disc but somewhat less qulity than DVD AUDIO.

If your DVD Video player does not have DTS capability all is not lost as there is also a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound mix included.For those who are not familiar with surround sound the reference to 5.1 means that the disc will play through 2 front and 2 rear speakers and 1 centre speaker. That gives you the 5 and the reference to .1 refers to the bass subwoofer speaker hence the term 5.1 system. There are also 6.1 and 7.1 systems and all surround sound discs are compatible with 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 and stereo systems but you can only play DVD AUDIO only discs, in a DVD AUDIO player unless the disc also carries the other formats (DTS, DOLBY DIGITAL)I have mentioned here.

Grover Washington who was only in his 50's left us some time ago now but his legacy of great music will live on. This CD is a fine example of his work and this album owes much to the contribution of Bill Withers vocal track "Just The Two Of Us" which in itself is a classic track.There is also a picture gallery available on the DVD AUDIO disc version of the album. Smooth,relaxing with a touch of class,just a nice easy - on - the - ear jazzy CD.

Hope you enjoy the music folks.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 February 2013
'Winelight' is exactly what its title and packaging suggests it to be.

Down-tempo, percussive, slinky, sultry smooth instrumental Jazz that occasionally bursts into life with a touch of Samba is what this album is all about. Only the classic U.K. hit 'Just The Two Of Us' is vocal so it is well worth noting for those searching for the single-released Bill Withers vocal version of 'In The Name Of Love' that the version here is the original instrumental version.

Sure, you do have to be in the mood to listen to this kind of record (otherwise it can all seem rather directionless and bland) but If you want a nice, easy listening and relaxing atmospheric Jazz record to chill-out to or set the mood early doors at a house party then this is the perfect choice. Classy, brilliantly played and with a few hidden depths (listen to it with headphones on to get the real Jazzzzy sassyness of it) 'Winelight' certainly deserves a place in your collection.
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on 4 December 2011
If you haven't heard this DVD before then you should. Smooth melting sound, really makes you want to sit by the fire with a nice bottle of wine and chill out for a couple of hours.
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on 22 April 2010
I'm not a big fan of this sort of jazz / funk. I call it elevator music. But this is actually so good you'd have trouble getting me out of the elevator. There's the famous "Just the two of us" that most people of a certain vintage (ahem) will know but there's a feast awaiting those who, like me, wonder if it's worth buying the album just for the one track - if you do you won't be sorry.
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on 13 January 2012
I bought this to replace the album I had in the 80's. Sounds still as good today as it did then
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