Album Review: Winelight by Grover Washington
“Winelight” by Grover Washington is one of those jazz records that serve as a direct reflection of
who an artist is. This was an era of time where smooth jazz had just begun getting a genre for its sound.
It wasn’t really until Grover Washington Jr. that they actually coined a term for it, and this is one of the
albums that definitely serve as an influence behind that.
“Just the two of us” by Bill Withers and Grover Washington Jr. received a grammy two years
after this album release. This was one of Grover’s most well-known songs, and left behind a timeless
sound, but it is definitely not the only banger on this album. Grover plays all three different types of
saxophones in this album (soprano, alto, tenor) and makes sure to really push his boundaries.
“In the Name of Love” is recorded as an improv, and played on his soprano. It has an extremely
loose flow, and takes you on an experience listening to it. It is one of the smoother types of jazz songs
on the album, and definitely keeps you hooked until the end.
“Winelight” is the title of the album, and is another one of those tracks that really put him on
the map. It is a 7 minute pop jazz saxophone solo that has technicalities, and layers beyond reason (in a
“Let it flow” and “Take me there”, both have a similar sound, smooth jazz influences with pop.
He used his alto for these, and they definitely serve as strong icons for what this albums was trying to
“Make me a memory” is another song like “In the Name of Love”, with an extremely distinctive
smooth jazz type of sound. It was an extremely good way to close off the album, and is a classic gem.
This album won two grammys, and for good reason. It is one of his most iconic, and give an
extremely good representation for Grover Washington Jr’s capabilities as an artist.