Grover Washington, Jr’s ‘Inner City Blues’ is his debut album released by Kudu Records on January 3, 1972.
Track Listing : 1.Inner City Blues (Marvin Gaye) – 07:10 . 2.Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) – 04:38 . 3.Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (Marvin Gaye) – 05:07 . 4.Until It’S Time For You To Go (Buffy Saint-Marie) – 04:35 . 5.I Loves You Porgy (Gershwin, Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 05:05 . 6.Ain’T No Sunshine (Bill Withers)/Theme From Man And Boy (J.J. Johnson) – 08:32
Musicians : Eugene Young – Trumpet, Flugelhorn . Thad Jones – Trumpet, Flugelhorn . Wayne Andre – Trombone . Don Ashworth – Bass . Bob James – Electric Piano, Arranger, Conductor . Richard Tee – Organ . Eric Gale – Guitar . Ron Carter – Bass, Electric Bass . Idris Muhammad – Drums . Airto Moreira – Percussion . Hilda Harris – Vocals . Marilyn Jackson – Vocals . Maretha Stewart – Vocals . Tasha Thomas – Vocals . Julius Brand – Violin . Paul Gershman – Violin . Julius Held – Violin . Leo Kahn – Violin . Harry Katzman – Violin . Raoul Poliakin – Violin . Max Pollikoff – Violin . Paul Winter – Violin . Paul Winter Consort – Violin . Maurice Brown – Cello . Charles Mccracken – Cello . Alan Shulman – Cello . Anthony Sophos – Cello
Production : Produced By Creed Taylor . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer . Kevin Reeves – Mastering
Package : Hollis King – Art Direction . Bob Ciano – Design . Isabelle Wong – Design . Steve Salmieri – Photography
Recorded September 1971 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs.
Released On January 3, 1972 By Kudu Records.
The LP also launched the smooth jazz genre and transformed Washington from an r&b player to an instrumental star with a distinctive sound. After Inner City Blues (and What’s Going On, for that matter), jazz was never quite the same. Musicians tended to divide into two major hybrid camps—jazz-rock and jazz-soul—in an effort to remain current, stay on the radioand survive economically. – […]
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Opening with a siren-accented soulful simmer, Washington and his tight ensemble steadily build the tune into a potent jam, with Washington’s sax wailing urgently over top. […]