Monday, September 15, 2014

Joe Sample (1939 - 2014)

This blog laments the loss of Joe Sample (1939-2014) on Sept 12. Sample, a master musician, was co-founder of The Jazz Crusaders, a hard bop outfit, later to be renamed The Crusaders, that fused jazz, r&b and funk seamlessly. Mega-hit 'Street Life' is only an example of what these guys could do. Most importantly, Sample was a superb session musician, having graced literally hundreds of recordings with his instantly recognizable funky style. Here's your chance to hear Sample in a all-acoustic 1975 session accompanied by giants Ray Brown on bass and Shelly Manne on drums. The added bonus of superb sonics is owed to the fact that this is a direct-to-disc recording (recording tape omitted), an expensive process that offers superb clarity.


1. Yearnin'
2. On Green Dolphin Street
3. Satin Doll
4. Manhã Do Carinval
5. 'Round About Midnight
6. Funky Blues