Swing Street Cafe

Swing Street Cafe

by David T. Walker
     
 
After releasing three very successful solo albums of contemporary jazz in a row -- 1978's Rainbow Seeker, 1979's Carmel, and 1980's Voices in the Rain -- Crusaders' pianist Joe Sample decided that a return to his roots was necessary, and recorded this date with famed soul and jazz session guitarist David T. Walker and released this tribute to

Overview

After releasing three very successful solo albums of contemporary jazz in a row -- 1978's Rainbow Seeker, 1979's Carmel, and 1980's Voices in the Rain -- Crusaders' pianist Joe Sample decided that a return to his roots was necessary, and recorded this date with famed soul and jazz session guitarist David T. Walker and released this tribute to classic rhythm and blues. Interestingly, the date had actually been recorded between Rainbow Seeker and Carmel, but remained unreleased until 1981 because of the chart success of the previous albums and his sold-out touring dates as a solo act and with the Crusaders. Sample and Walker hired the best in the business and the rhythm section here is made up of Motown bassist James Jamerson and famed Capitol session drummer Earl Palmer. In addition, the pair hired a horn section comprised of Herman Riley, Al Aarons, John Kelson, and Ernie Fields, Jr. The material is made up of wonderfully articulated covers of R&B touchstones such as Ray Charles' "Hallelujah, I Love Her So," Jimmy Reed's "Honest I Do," Chuck Willis' "C.C. Rider," and Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk," to name a few. Produced by the Crusaders own production company, this date was recorded in two days and feels like its participants had a ball. Sample is at his most boisterous here, playing both Rhodes piano and upright, letting it just rip with both boogie-woogie runs, tough blues licks, and extended vamps (check his Professor Longhair New Orleans style barrelhouse piano on a cover of "Woke Up This Morning" where Walker lets loose too). Walker is an understated but brilliant guitarist in the same league with Phil Upchurch. He's a bit more meat and potatoes here; he's always funky and in the groove, but elegantly so. This adds a nice textural element to these otherwise hard swinging, gutbucket tunes. This album suffers from none of the production curses that doomed so much of '80s jazz and funk. It's merely a celebration by old friends of the music that shaped them.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517835092
catalogNumber:
001198102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David T. Walker   Primary Artist,Guitar
Joe Sample   Keyboards
Herman Riley   Horn
Aarons   Trumpet,Horn
Ernie Fields   Horn
James Jamerson   Bass
James Jamerson   Bass
Jackie Kelso   Horn
John Kelson   Horn
Earl Palmer   Drums
John Kelson   Horn
Earl C. Palmer   Drums
Albert Aarons   Horn

Technical Credits

Bill Doggett   Composer
Joe Sample   Producer,Audio Production
Clifford Scott   Composer
Wilton Felder   Producer,Audio Production
Earl Forest   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Stix Hooper   Audio Production
Riley King   Composer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Harry Weinger   Reissue Producer
Shep Shepherd   Composer
Kathe Schreyer   Art Direction
Hollis King   Art Direction
Jules Taub   Composer
Margery Melton   Logo Design

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