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Title - 'Winelight' (Hybrid SACD 5.1 Multichannel)
Artist - Grover Washington Jr.

To be quite honest, I've always loved the album title, Winelight from Grover Washington, Jr. The 1980 album (back then released by Elektra Records) by the accomplished jazz musician also rightly received the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance in 1982.

Washington, Jr., who sadly passed away in 1999, was an American jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophonist who along with George Benson, John Klemmer, David Sanborn, Bob James, Chuck Mangione, Herb Alpert, and Spyro Gyra, many considered to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre.

This brand new, Limited, Numbered Edition of Winelight (Hybrid SACD 5.1 Multichannel) may well still only include the original six tracks that blessed the album all those years ago, but my, are they still great to sit back, close your eyes, and chill out to today.

The album begins with the longest track on the album, the title cut "Winelight" (William Eaton), before heading into "Let It Flow (For "Dr. J")" (Grover Washington, Jr.), "In the Name of Love" (William Salter/Ralph MacDonald), "Take Me There" (Washington), and then, and with Bill Withers on vocals, "Just the Two of Us" (Bill Withers/Salter/MacDonald), before the album rounds out with "Make Me a Memory (Sad Samba)" (Washington).

Sure, the Grammy Award-winning hit "Just the Two of Us" sung by Bill Withers was the radio air play stand out track from Winelight, but later on, did you know that "In the Name of Love" was also released in rearranged form, without Washington's saxophone track, under the name of Ralph MacDonald and Bill Withers (on vocals).

Super Audio CD (SACD) is a read-only optical disc for audio storage, introduced in 1999. It was developed jointly by Sony and Philips Electronics, and intended to be the successor to their Compact disc format. Indeed, this SACD format can offer more channels (ie: surround sound), and a longer playing time than regular CDs.

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