When jazz musicians are asked for the names of those who have influenced them, they normally give the full name. One obvious exceptions is Miles Davis, who is always referred to as "Miles". I notice that many ontemporary American saxophonists of the funk/smooth/soul genre quote Grover Washington as an influence, always referring to him as just "Grover". This CD shows why. Grover Washington demonstrates the technical mastery and sure-footed, rippling soloing that we expect from the masters of smooth jazz. But he leaves spaces, he generates excitment, and he can play moving ballads. On this CD he shows all these abilities on numbers like "Inner City Blues" and "Ain't No Sunshine", for example.
I have just re-read this and though I have said what I wanted to say, I haven't quite said what I meant: Grover Wahington is a great saxophonist, and on this CD he plays jazz saxophone. This isn't just a soul/funk/easy-listening-jazz album: here, soul/funk/easy-listening-jazz is the context for some serious jazz.