Grover Washington Jr. records ‘Soul Box’ arranged by Bob James (1973)

Grover Washington, Jr.’s ‘Soul Box’ is his third album arranged by Bob James, recorded in March 1973 and released the same year by Kudu Records.

Track Listing : 1.Aubrey (David Gates) – 03:44 . 2.Masterpiece (Norman Whitfield) – 013:20 . 3.Trouble Man (Marvin Gaye) – 015:56 . 4.You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder) – 06:03 . 5.Don’T Explain (Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog, Jr.) – 011:11 . 6.Medley: Easy Living/Ain’T Nobody’S Business If I Do (Porter Grainger, Ralph Rainger, Everett Robbins, Leo Robin) – 09:56 . 7.Taurian Matador (Billy Cobham) – 08:08

Musicians : Grover Washington, Jr. – Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor) . Bob James – Conductor, Piano, Piano (Electric) . Eric Gale – Guitar . Jay Berliner – Guitar . Richard Davis – Bass . Ron Carter – Bass . Richard Tee – Organ . Billy Cobham – Drums . Idris Muhammad – Drums . Donald Maccourt – Bassoon, Woodwind . Romeo Penque – Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass), Flute, Horn (English), Oboe, Piccolo, Woodwind . Wally Kane – Clarinet, Clarinet (Contrabass), Flute, Sax (Bass), Woodwind . Bernie Glow – Flugelhorn, Trumpet . John Frosk – Flugelhorn, Trumpet . Jon Faddis – Flugelhorn, Trumpet . Randy Brecker – Flugelhorn, Trumpet . George Marge – Flute, Oboe, Piccolo, Woodwind . Harvey Estrin – Flute, Piccolo, Recorder, Woodwind . Hubert Laws – Flute, Piccolo, Woodwind . Brooks Tillotson – French Horn . Jim Buffington – French Horn . Peter Gordon – French Horn . Airto – Percussion . Dave Friedman – Percussion . Phil Kraus – Percussion . Ralph Macdonald – Percussion . Santo Russo – Trombone . Wayne Andre – Trombone . Alan Raph – Trombone (Bass) . Paul Faulise – Trombone (Bass) . Tony Studd – Trombone (Bass) . Charles Mccracken – Cello . George Ricci – Cello . Seymour Barab – Cello . Alfred Brown – Viola . Emanuel Vardi – Viola . Theodore Israel – Viola . Charles Libove – Violin . David Nadien – Violin . Elliot Rosoff – Violin . Emanuel Green – Violin . Gene Orloff – Violin . Harold Kohon – Violin . Harry Cykman – Violin . Harry Lookofsky – Violin . Joe Malin – Violin . Max Ellen – Violin . Paul Gershman – Violin . Barbara Massey – Vocals . Bernard Thacker – Vocals . Bernard Thacker – Vocals . Bill Eaton – Vocals . Eileen Gilbert – Vocals . Maeretha Stewart – Vocals . Randolph Peyton – Vocals

Production : Produced By Creed Taylor . Bob James . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Arrangements : Bob James

Package : Hollis King – Art Direction . Bob Ciano – Cover Design . David A. Leffel – Cover Painting

Recorded In March 1973 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs.

Released In 1973 By Kudu Records.

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P_Hangman @ RateYourMusic
Well i’ll be damned: this is really damn good. I mean skip some fillers, those covers that add nothing to the original (Aubrey, maybe You’re the Sunshine…); aside from those, you have serious epic moments here. […]

allmusic
For its length, Soul Box is a modern classic for its instrumental and arrangement invention and for its deeply emotional bounty. […]

All About Jazz
The centerpiece here is a side-long romp through Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man. Washington spins chorus after chorus without repeating himself and James’ understated charts add just the right amount of color and flavor without distracting from the overall jazz feel. […]

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