Artist: Grover Washington Jr. Title Of Album: Gold Year Of Release: 2006 Label: Hip-O Records Country: USA Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz Quality: FLAC (tracks + .cue, log, scans) Bitrate: Lossless Time: 02:33:46 Full Size: 929 MB
CD: 1 01. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) [07:09] 02. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) [05:06] 03. Where Is The Love [05:06] 04. No Tears (In The End) [03:48] 05. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life [06:02] 06. Mister Magic [08:58] 07. Black Frost [06:05] 08. It Feels So Good [08:15] 09. Moonstreams [05:48] 10. A Secret Place [08:12] 11. Summer Song [07:37] 12. Reed Seed (Trio Tune) [04:52]
CD: 2 01. Do Dat [04:25] 02. Bright Moments [06:26] 03. Let It Flow (For Dr.J) [05:49] 04. Just The Two Of Us [07:19] 05. Be Mine (Tonight) [06:22] 06. Jamming [05:05] 07. The Best Is Yet To Come [05:56] 08. Inside Moves [05:50] 09. Look At This [03:14] 10. Summer Nights [06:12] 11. Sacred Kind Of Love [05:38] 12. Love Like This [04:49] 13. For Love [05:41] 14. Vissi d'Arte (I Lived For Art) [03:51]
GOLD packs two discs full of the best moments Grover Washington Jr., put to tape, and makes for a great introduction to the smooth jazz saxophonist, as well as an impressive retrospective of his too-short career (he died of a sudden heart attack at 56). Disc one concentrates on instrumentals, beginning with two groovy remakes of Marvin Gaye tunes from Washington Jr.'s 1972 debut INNER CITY BLUES, and continuing with several of his own compositions (such as the funky, laid-back gem "Mister Magic"). Disc two includes pop and jazz covers ( Bob Marley's "Jamming" and Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "Bright Moments" are stand-outs), but focuses more on Washington Jr.'s duets, including "Be Mine (Tonight)" with Grady Tate, "The Best is Yet to Come" with Patti Labelle, and "Just the Two of Us" with Bill Withers, Washington Jr.'s highest charting single. The artist's sinuous tone and ability to merge soul, light funk, jazz, pop, and easy listening is impressive, and never less than soothing to the ears.