Along with George Benson, John Slimmer, David San born, Bob James, Chuck Mansion, Dave Grus in, Herb Alpert, and Spiro Lyra, he is considered by many to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Washington made some of the genre's most memorable hits, including “Mister Magic”, “Reed Seed”, “Black Frost”, “Wine light”, “Inner City Blues” and “The Best is Yet to Come”.
In addition, he performed very frequently with other artists, including Bill Withers on Just the Two of Us “, Patti LaBelle on The Best Is Yet to Come and Phyllis Hyman on “A Sacred Kind of Love”. He is also remembered for his take on the Dave Brubeck classic Take Five “, and for his 1996 version of Soulful Strut “.
Washington had a preference for black nickel-plated saxophones made by Julius Kenilworth. He also played Seller Mark VI alto in the early years.
Washington was born in Buffalo, New York, United States, on December 12, 1943. His mother was a church chorister, and his father was a collector of old jazz gramophone records and a saxophonist as well, so music was everywhere in the home.
He grew up listening to the great jazz men and big band leaders like Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, and others like them. He practiced and would sneak into clubs to see famous Buffalo blues musicians.
His younger brother, drummer Daryl Washington, would soon follow in his footsteps, he also had another younger brother named Michael Washington, who was an accomplished Gospel Music organist who mastered the Hammond B3 organ. Washington left Buffalo and played with a Midwest group called the Four Clefs and then the Mark III Trio from Mansfield, Ohio.
Shortly thereafter, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he met drummer Billy Cob ham. After leaving the Army, Washington freelanced his talents around New York City, eventually landing in Philadelphia in 1967.
In 1970 and 1971, he appeared on Leon Spencer's first two albums on Prestige Records, together with Idris Muhammad and Melvin Sparks. Washington's big break came when Alto sax man Hank Crawford was unable to make a recording date with Creed Taylor's Kudzu Records, and Washington took his place, even though he was a backup.
He was talented and displayed heart and soul with soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. Refreshing for his time, he made headway into the jazz mainstream.
All these albums included guitarist Eric Gale as a near-permanent member in Washington's arsenal. A string of acclaimed records brought Washington through the 1970s, culminating in the signature piece for everything he would do from then on.
Wine light (1980) was the album that defined everything Washington was then about, having signed for Electra Records, part of the major Warner Music Group. The album was smooth, fused with R&B and easy listening feel.
Washington's love of basketball, especially the Philadelphia 76ers, led him to dedicate the second track, “Let It Flow”, to Julius Serving (Dr. J). The highlight of the album was his collaboration with soul artist Bill Withers, “Just the Two of Us,” a hit on radio during the spring and summer of 1981, peaking at No.
The album went platinum in 1981, and also won Grammy Awards in 1982 for Best R&B Song (“Just The Two of Us”), and Best Jazz Fusion Performance (“Wine light”). A Philadelphia middle school in the Olney section of the city is named after Washington.
CS1 main: archived copy as title (link) ^ Chang, Jeff (June 2001). American jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophonist, born 12 December 1943, Buffalo, New York, USA, died 17 December 1999, New York, USA.
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