Grover Washington, Jr.
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One of the most popular saxophonists of all time (even his off records had impressive sales), Grover Washington, Jr. was long the pacesetter in his field. His roots were in R&B and soul-jazz organ combos, but he also fared very well on the infrequent occasions when he played straight-ahead jazz. Most of the time (except when relying on long hit medleys), Washington pushed himself with the spontaneity and chance-taking of a masterful jazz musician. ~ Scott Yanow