This is one of Grover Washington, Jr.’s best-loved recordings and considered a classic of r&bish jazz. All four songs (which includes Billy Strayhorn’s “Passion Flower”) are quite enjoyable but it is “Mister Magic” that really caught on as a major hit. Bob James provided the colorful if somewhat commercial arrangements, there are spots for guitarist Eric Gale, and Washington (mostly on tenor and soprano) is heard in particularly creative form. Highly recommended. (allmusic)
Peronnel: Grover Washington Jr. (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bob James (electric piano, piano); Phil Bodner (baritone saxophone); Gary King (bass); Phil Upchurch (bass); Alan Shulman (cello); Charles McCracken (cello); Harvey Mason (drums); Jon Faddis, Marvin Stamm (trumpet); Erig Gale (guitar); Ralph MacDonald (percussion); Jerry Dodgion (tenor saxophone); Wayne Andre, Tony Studd (trombone); Al Brown, Marny Vardi (viola); David Nadien, Harold Kohon, Harry Glickman, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, Matthew Raimondi, Max Ellen, Paul Gershman (violin).
01. Earth Tones
02. Passion Flower
03. Mister Magic
04. Black Frost