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Euge Groove

Euge Groove

Saxophonist Steven Eugene Grove has enjoyed a solid career as a studio player-he played on Expose’s 1986 hit “Seasons Change”-and touring musician-with Tower of Power, Richard Marx, Joe Cocker and others. But the time seemed right to launch his long-planned solo career, so in summer 1999 he posted a track, “Romeo & Juliet,” on under the punny name Euge Groove.

“It was kind of like, just what the world needs: another pop sax player,” he says, laughing, while calling from rainy Wales, where he is in the middle of a world tour with Tina Turner. Still, he confidently believed his R&B-based smooth jazz would please pop audiences. He was right: “Romeo & Juliet” remains one of’s most-downloaded tunes, and it helped lead to a record deal with Warner Bros. and a union with superproducer Paul Brown, who produced and coproduced three songs on Grove’s self-titled debut.

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