Next year will mark 10 years since the world lost Grover Washington Jr., the much-admired saxophonist as proficient on the alto, tenor and soprano as anyone in his day. Washington could play mean straightahead, but of course instead trail-blazed the way for many of the smooth urban saxers today. Jason Miles, today’s undisputed champion of contemporary-jazz tribute CDs, in offering his sequel to 2001’s To Grover With Love, assumed there was even yet more Grover to go around, even after offering some of his biggest hits (“Winelight,” “Mr. Magic,” “Just the Two of Us”) the first time out. He’s right, of course, and this collection exposes casual listeners to a few Washington gems that that winged under the cultural radar.
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