Inner City Blues (Grover Washington Jr. album)

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Inner City Blues
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 3, 1972
RecordedSeptember 1971
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
GenreJazz fusion, smooth jazz
LabelKudu Records
ProducerCreed Taylor
Grover Washington Jr. chronology
Inner City Blues
All the King's Horses
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Record Collector4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[3]

Inner City Blues is the debut studio album by saxophonist Grover Washington Jr.[4] It was recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in September 1971 and released in 1972 via Kudu Records label.[5]


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.


Thom Jurek of AllMusic stated "This is an amazing debut in so many ways, and it was followed by a run of albums for the label through the end of the '70s when Washington left for Elektra. Inner City Blues remains standing today as a landmark and a turning point in jazz".[1]

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. "Ain't No Sunshine" (Bill Withers)/"Theme from Man and Boy" (AKA "Better Days") (J.J. Johnson) – 8:32
  5. "Until It's Time for You to Go" (Buffy Saint-Marie) – 4:35
  6. "I Loves You Porgy" (Gershwin, Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 5:05



  • 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


  1. ^ a b Inner City Blues at AllMusic
  2. ^ Waring, Charles. "Inner City Blues - Record Collector Magazine". Record Collector. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 203. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ "Grover Washington, Jr. – Inner City Blues". Discogs. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  5. ^ Payne, Doug. "Kudu Records Catalogue". Retrieved 30 October 2018.