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Grover Washington Jr. in Concert

4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Multi Grammy Award-Winner Grover Washington, Jr. blends the best of jazz fusion, R&B, blues, funk, pop and soul to create his own innovative and distinctive musical voice. The hottest star in jazz-pop fusion, backed by an all-star band was captured in this rare concert appearance at the very peak of his powers.

Grover paints the full musical spectrum. Watch him soar on "Winelight" and mesmerize us with his smash hit "Just the Two of Us." Another highlight is a moving tribute to his friend Julius "Dr. J" Erving, which is inter-woven with NBA action clips of the basketball star. His passionate version of "Make Me a Memory," written for his wife, will linger in your musical memory as well.

V.I.E.W. Video is proud to present this enhanced DVD program and welcome Grover Washington, Jr. to its roster of jazz greats with a music so lush and soul-stirring that we can see and hear why he is an artist of unyielding endurance.

THE MUSICIANS:
Grover Washington, Jr., tenor, alto & soprano sax
Richard Tee, piano
Eric Gale, guitar
Steve Gadd, drums
Ralph McDonald, percussion
Anthony Jackson, bass
Paul Griffin, synthesizer
Zack Sanders, vocal

THE TUNES:
Winelight
LET IT FLOW (for Dr. J)
ON THE DARK SIDE (No. 5)
MAKE ME A MEMORY (Sad Samba)
JUST THE TWO OF US
MISTER MAGIC
Recorded on June 27, 1981 at
The Schubert Theatre in Philadelphia, Pa.

DVD BONUS FEATURES: -Dolby Digital Stereo Audio
-Digitally Remastered Audio & Video

-Multi-Directional Interactive Menus
-Over 20 Scene Selections
-Instant Access to 16 Instrumental Solos
-Instant Chapter Access to Songs
-Grover Washington Jr.

Review

a video with sharp focus, showing simplicity is an important virtue in music- music with inherent sophistication and without pretence. -- Saxophone Journal, Inc., Jan/Feb 1993

camera work's excellent…Washington’s contributions, stretching from R&B/jazz idiom and increasing the jazz audience should not be overlooked or lightly dismissed. -- Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene- April 1992

shots,cuts and dissolves heighten the emotional impact of this classic footage,… a must, documenting the finest moments of his career. -- -R.B., The Jazz Review- January 1992

…legendary sax man backed by a plethora of jazz greats, including Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Steve Gadd, Ralph MacDonald. …recommended. -- Video Librarian- March 1992

Special Features

  • Instant access to solos
  • Text biography
  • Recorded June 27, 1981, at The Schubert Theatre in Philadelphia, PA
  • Songs: Winelight, Let It Flow (for Dr. J), On the Dark Side (No. 5), Make Me a Memory (Sad Samba), Just the Two of Us, Mister Magic
  • Grover Washington Jr. (tenor, alto, and soprano saxes), Richard Tee (piano), Eric Gale (guitar), Steve Gadd (drums), Ralph McDonald (percussion), Anthony Jackson (bass), Paul Griffin (synthesizer), Zack Sanders (vocal)

Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: View Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCMQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on July 16, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Mr. Magic is at the peak of his considerable powers here, joined by fusion all-stars Richard Tee on keyboards, Eric Gale on guitar and drummer Steve Gadd for striking renditions of hits like "Just the Two of Us" and "Winelight." "This is a must-see video," JazzTimes said.
#1327 (60 min, Hi-Fi Stereo)
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Those who own this album in Laser-Disk format will find a big disappointment in this DVD transfer. When I saw this DVD at first time, I thought someone made a cheap copy from a rental video tape!! I don't know what the engineer did to transfer this material to DVD but the video is blurry and the audio quality is even worse. I bought a Laser-Disk format of this album back in 80s and I enjoyed their sound and video qualities. Now, Laser-disk is a thing of the past and I wanted have this beautiful music in new DVD format...and hoping to see some improvment in quality from original release of 80s...what a disapointment.
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The late Grover Washington Jr. was a pioneer who helped bring progressive jazz into the mainstream. His intellectual approach to his music, makes him in my eyes, one of the greatest sax players of alltime. Recorded back in 1981, this concert is nearly flawless as Grover is backed by an all-star group of studio greats including Steve Gadd[drums], Richard Tee[Keyboards], Eric Gale[guitar], Anthony Jackson[bass], and Ralph McDonald[percussion]. The absolute high point of the show is a stomping version of the classic "Mister Magic" in which the band takes turns soloing throughout. The drum and percussion rhythm section of Steve Gadd and Ralph McDonald is unbelievable as well as the guitar playing of the late Eric Gale[the grand champion of studio guitarists during that era]. Although Grover Washinton, Richard Tee and Eric Gale are no longer with us, we can still enjoy this fantastic performance thanks to this dvd and remember what a talented group Grover and his bandmates truly were. He certainly was magic!
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It was with great excitement that I ordered this DVD as I am a huge fan of the artist and if anything, an even bigger fan of the backing musicians.I have literally 100's of albums [audio] on which they appear.It was with even greater excitement that I opened the the package when it arrived.I was counting the days till the mailman arrived like a kid before Christmas, as the only other visuals I have of them is the "One Trick Pony" video by Paul Simon.When I put it in my DVD player my first reaction was that I had the bad luck to get a dud copy.I re-read the box with all the positive media reviews about the quality etc.and particularly the reference to digital remastering of picture and sound.This I dont believe at all.It looks and sounds like it was merely 'dumped' i.e. transferred from video to DVD as quickly and cheaply as possible without any additional work at all.I have to turn the volume up to max and it sounds like a small radio/ cassette player.My disbelief was so great that my second reaction was to order another copy and discard this one as I could not believe that this was the same product depicted on the box.Oh, I should mention that I am allowing for the time that it was recorded, technology etc. as in the same package I received Paul Simon's"Concert at the Tower theatre Phil." DVD which was recorded one year BEFORE the Grover Washington in 1980 and it HAS been digitally re-mastered and is obviously much, much better in sound and vision.After going back to the AMAZON customer reviews [which I must have overlooked in my initial haste to order this item] I can see that other people had similar opinions to mine.Read more ›
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You really can't go wrong with Grover. Those who are familiar with him know what to expect, excellent musicianship, class,etc.
Those who own this on video will not find any extras,and the 'access' to solos is annoying when you are trying to go to the next track. You will have to press the next track button two or three times to get to the next tune. The video is blurry and the audio is not an improvement over the videotape. Other than having this release on dvd, there is really no reason to replace your videotape.
Now with the gripes out of the way, this is definitely prime Grover. The band is excellent. With the aforementioned quibbles aside, this is an important document of Grover Washington Jr. in 1981 riding an artistic peak.
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A performance in Mr. Washington's beloved Philly, a bit rough around the edges, especially while performing "Just The Two Of Us". This was a very memorable performance for fans of this wonderful artist. Accompanied by studio greats, Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Steve Gadd, Ralph McDonald, et. al., this performance lived up to all my expectations. The sound was a bit sub-par, but just watching a great reed master at work, was worth the price of admission. Definitely a keeper, as long as one's sound quality and camera work expectations are set lower than today's norm (not up to the sound and video quality of say The Eagles' When Hell Freezes Over, or Steely Dan's Two Against Nature). This performance was captured in 1981 and worth adding to one's musical DVD collection, in spite of its age. To think that Mr. Washington is now playing gigs in a "better place", capturing this performance for us mortals to view over and over again, will let his memory live on for those of us who hold him in high regard.
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