Soul Shadows

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
If anyone out in CD land ever wondered what a Joe Sample solo piano album would sound like, here it is -- and it's a good bet that this is not what a Sample fan would expect. Rather than conform to the cerebral solo piano mainstream as exhaustively set forth in the "Maybeck" series, Sample's inspiration goes way, way back -- back to the teens and 1920s, to the formative, nearly-forgotten example of James Reese Europe, to the heydays of ragtime and stride. On this CD, the key for Sample is to make sure no one misses the missing bass and drums, to keep the pulse of jazz present as much as possible, with lots of thumping stride as a default mode. He does not disguise his...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
If anyone out in CD land ever wondered what a Joe Sample solo piano album would sound like, here it is -- and it's a good bet that this is not what a Sample fan would expect. Rather than conform to the cerebral solo piano mainstream as exhaustively set forth in the "Maybeck" series, Sample's inspiration goes way, way back -- back to the teens and 1920s, to the formative, nearly-forgotten example of James Reese Europe, to the heydays of ragtime and stride. On this CD, the key for Sample is to make sure no one misses the missing bass and drums, to keep the pulse of jazz present as much as possible, with lots of thumping stride as a default mode. He does not disguise his heavyweight, full-fisted approach to the keyboard, and there are some occasionally clumsy moments when the line of thought strays. The repertoire is old, perhaps even ancient, at times a bit naive; When was the last time you heard "How You Gonna Keep `Em Down on the Farm?" on any new recording, let alone a jazz record? Gershwin gets his due a brittle "I Got Rhythm" and a sometimes whimsical ballad treatment of "Embraceable You", so does Fats Waller "Ain't Misbehavin," a staccato "Jitterbug Waltz", Scott Joplin a somewhat hesitant "The Entertainer", and Jelly Roll Morton a jaunty "Shreveport Stomp". There are also a pair of Sample originals in a contemplative manner "Soul Shadows" and "Spellbound". Although smooth jazz outlets probably won't touch this sampling of Sample, antiquarians will be intrigued.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Pra Records
  • UPC: 782356100428
  • Catalog Number: 1004
  • Sales rank: 53,797

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Sample Primary Artist, Piano, Soloist
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Scott Joplin Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Joe Sample Composer, Producer
Fats Waller Composer
Paul Mitchell Engineer
Andy Razaf Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Duke Ellington Orchestra Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Will Jennings Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Vincent Rose Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Harry Brooks Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Joe Young Composer
Billy Mayhew Composer
Adam Ayan Mastering
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