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Joe Sample & the NDR Big Band Orchestra: Children of the Sun

Read "Children of the Sun" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Toward the end of his remarkable career, the late pianist Joe Sample (he died on September 12, 2014) traveled to Hamburg, Germany, to record Children of the Sun, a suite of his own music, with the splendid NDR Big Band. The eleven compositions were inspired by Sample's appearance at the 1995 St. Croix Jazz Festival, where ...

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Randy Crawford and Joe Sample: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

It's a slight exaggeration to say that keyboardist Joe Sample rescued Randy Crawford from pop music limbo, but it's not too far from the truth. Crawford is among the most distinct vocalists working, but her discography is riddled with over-arranged and over-produced disappointments. One of her finest moments remains when The Crusaders dropped all 11 minutes ...

Randy Crawford and Joe Sample: Feeling Good

Read "Feeling Good" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

The dilemma for an artist of vocalist Randy Crawford's caliber is that, when you do a lot of things well; it's hard to say what it is you do best. Crawford has been making music since 1976 and, in that time, she's made some good albums, a lot of mediocre ones and a few awful ones.

The Crusaders: Rural Renewal

Read "Rural Renewal" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It’s been more than twenty years since founding members Joe Sample (keyboards), Stix Hooper (drums), and Wilton Felder (saxophones) recorded together as the Crusaders. Though much proverbial water has since flowed under their bridge, with Rural Renewal the Crusaders get back to where they once belonged, straight to the heart of their joyous juke joint roots. ...

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Joe Sample featuring Lalah Hathaway: The Song Lives On

Read "The Song Lives On" reviewed by Dave Hughes



Joe Sample's latest release, The Song Lives On , is appropriately titled. One of the CD's finest attributes is the excellent song selection. The Peggy Lee classic "Fever" is tastefully covered here, and Sample's own "Street Life" is reprised again, but the remainder of the program is new, at least to my ears. Most ...

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Joe Sample featuring Lalah Hathaway: The Song Lives On

Read "The Song Lives On" reviewed by Dave Hughes



Joe Sample’s latest release, The Song Lives On , is appropriately titled. One of the CD’s finest attributes is the excellent song selection. The Peggy Lee classic "Fever" is tastefully covered here, and Sample’s own "Street Life" is reprised again, but the remainder of the program is new, at least to my ears. Most ...

Marcus Miller: Live and More

Read "Live and More" reviewed by John Sharpe

Contemporary session ace Mark Miller has been involved with some very high profile jazz folks over the past 20 years. Miles Davis utilized his talents to put a high gloss sheen on his fusion efforts of the late 80's. Surprisingly, Miller has released very few albums as a leader. Live and More treats his fans to ...

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Marcus Miller: Live and More

Read "Live and More" reviewed by Christopher Hoard

There's no doubting Marcus Miller's “behind-the-scenes" role as the leading stylist in the commercial, contemporary jazz of the 80s and 90s. Behind his influential presence as both a bassist and producer trails an impressive resume of studio works, often perfected to a fault. Marcus Miller is the definition of success during the past decade of contemporary ...