Grover Washington, Jr. ‎– Mister Magic

Kudu ‎– KU 20
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Earth Tones 12:23
A2 Passion Flower 5:34
B1 Mister Magic 9:11
B2 Black Frost 6:07

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Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, November 1974.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1): RVG . 98780 A . RE-8 VAN GELDER
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2): RVG . 98780 B . RE-8 VAN GELDER

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
KU 20 Grover Washington, Jr. Mister Magic(CD, Album) Kudu KU 20 South Africa 1995 Sell This Version
M5 175 LC Grover Washington, Jr. Mister Magic(Cass) Motown M5 175 LC US 1992 Sell This Version
KU-20 Grover Washington, Jr. Mister Magic(LP, Album) Kudu KU-20 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
102-38038 Grover Washington, Jr. Mister Magic(LP, Album) Motown 102-38038 Venezuela 1986 Sell This Version
M 175 Grover Washington Jr.* Mister Magic(LP, Album, RE) Motown M 175 Canada 1981 Sell This Version


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June 30, 2019
edited 6 months ago
I initially treated this album as just a guilty pleasure, the same way I feel about most of GW Jr's later work. But after a few listens, I had to reevaluate. Mister Magic isn't just smooth cheese: there's a sharp edge on this stuff. The best track, "Earth Tones", drops some unexpected nature samples, aggressive solos, tight drum work and a very odd gradual tempo change at one point. It never gets TOO far out, but it's not exactly easy listening either. I just keep coming back to this track since it hits a great balance: funky but not too commercial, progressive but not noodly.

The last three cuts are less ambitious. "Passion Flower" is buried by Bob James' sappy string arrangements. "Mister Magic", one of Washington's best-known compositions, avoids disaster with a strongly lyrical melody that even James' canned brass hits can't ruin. Finally "Black Frost" regains some of the energy from Side A, and for once the string section adds mystery rather than cornball '70s cliches.



June 14, 2018
One of Grover's early "groovers" and a must have for fans of funk laden instrumental jazz. The opener Earth Tones leans on a little more stretched out soloing and incorporates field recordings, killer rhodes and of course Grover's swinging sax. This is a strong release and has not yet dulled into the smooth jazz territory he would later find much success in i.e. Wine Light.
If anything this cd/album is sure fire proof Grover could play some serious sax and knew what caliber of musicians he required to record a solid record!


April 20, 2017
edited over 2 years ago
"Earth Tones" is so psychedelic, a pretty spectacular groove propelled by Harvey Mason's tight drumming, Bob James' liquid Fender Rhodes and Phil Upchurch playing mean bass. A star-studded cast of musicians here! Any serious jazz-funk collection should have this piece.


May 14, 2014
edited over 5 years ago

Mizell bros./Hancock/Crusaders jazz fusion kinda thang goin on here...not "disco" in any way shape or form. A star-packed jam sesh...Earth Tones is a classic of the genre.

Anyway, there's a reason why this record is so popular.... Yet again: it doesn't have to be rare groove to be amazing. A dollar bin special if there ever was one.


June 16, 2011
A good solid album from the very early days of disco. Fusion had just begun to incorporate disco rhythms around this time. There's just a nice earthy funk/disco sound to this music that I find very appealing. It's certainly a lot less poppy than Grover Washington's later albums.