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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Back in 1978 when this set was recorded, fusion the mixture of jazz improvisation with rock rhythms was declining. Keyboardist Joe Sample, best-known for his work with the Crusaders, was in the process of being one of the founders of "contemporary jazz," an idiom that has since solidified into smooth jazz. Sample emphasized catchy melodies, light funk rhythms, appealing chord changes and a pop sensibility. For this accessible release, Sample is joined by the late legendary guitarist Billy Rogers, bassist Pops Popwell, his old Crusaders drummer Stix Hooper, a horn section and several guest guitarists. All eight tunes which include "Fly with the Wings of Love" and "Islands in...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Back in 1978 when this set was recorded, fusion the mixture of jazz improvisation with rock rhythms was declining. Keyboardist Joe Sample, best-known for his work with the Crusaders, was in the process of being one of the founders of "contemporary jazz," an idiom that has since solidified into smooth jazz. Sample emphasized catchy melodies, light funk rhythms, appealing chord changes and a pop sensibility. For this accessible release, Sample is joined by the late legendary guitarist Billy Rogers, bassist Pops Popwell, his old Crusaders drummer Stix Hooper, a horn section and several guest guitarists. All eight tunes which include "Fly with the Wings of Love" and "Islands in the Rain" are by the leader, who is heard throughout in melodic form, setting up a variety of light grooves that serve as superior background music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/1996
  • Label: Blue Thumb
  • UPC: 011105070324
  • Catalog Number: 703
  • Sales rank: 14,693

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Sample Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Keyboards
Bobby Bryant Trumpet
David T. Walker Guitar
Billy Rogers Bass, Guitar
Garnett Brown Trombone
Robert Bryant Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Jay DaVersa Trumpet
Barry Finnerty Guitar
William Green Flute, Wind
Marlo Henderson Guitar
Stix Hooper Percussion, Drums
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar
Sid Sharp Strings
Ernie Watts Saxophone, Wind
Fred Jackson Jr. Saxophone
Freddy Johnson Saxophone
Robert "Pops" Popwell Bass
Technical Credits
Joe Sample Producer
Wilton Felder Producer
Stix Hooper Producer
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