Inner City Blues (Grover Washington, Jr. album)

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Inner City Blues
Studio album by Grover Washington, Jr.
Released January 3, 1972
Recorded September 1971
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz fusion, Smooth jazz
Length 35:07
Label Kudu Records
Producer Creed Taylor
Grover Washington, Jr. chronology
Inner City Blues
All the King's Horses
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Inner City Blues is the debut album by saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr.. It was recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in September 1971 and released in 1972. The title track was a cover of the recent hit by Marvin Gaye released in June 1971. The album also includes a cover of Bill Withers' hit "Ain't No Sunshine", released shortly before recording this album. In 2008, it was reissued on CD by Verve Records.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Inner City Blues" (Marvin Gaye, James Nyx Jr.) - 7:10
  2. "Georgia on My Mind" (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) - 4:38
  3. "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" (Gaye) - 5:07
  4. "Until It's Time for You to Go" (Buffy Saint-Marie) - 4:35
  5. "I Loves You Porgy" (Gershwin, Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) - 5:05
  6. "Ain't No Sunshine" (Bill Withers)/theme from "Man and Boy" (J.J. Johnson) - 8:32



  • Julius Brand
  • Paul Gershman
  • Julius Held
  • Leo Kahn
  • Harry Katzman
  • Raoul Poliakin
  • Max Pollikoff - violin
  • Paul Winter - violin
  • Anthony Sophos - cello
  • Alan Shulman - cello
  • Maurice Brown
  • Charles McCracken