Sample This

Sample This

by Joe SampleJoe Sample



In case anyone has forgotten how ingratiating and prolific Joe Sample the songwriter has been, the master of elegant funk re-records 14 songs here. And it is a cooler, more reflective light in which Sample and producer George Duke see his old tunes in the '90s: with relaxed, uncomplicated, to-the-point acoustic piano leads; a mildly percolating beat; and a veneer-thin garnish of electronics. It is both safe and risky to revisit the past -- safe because one is surrounded by comfortable material and risky because artists seldom recapture all of the old spark. Alas, more often than not, the latter applies to Sample's attempt to go home again, though the good tunes remain good tunes. Some of the songs go back to the Crusaders; "Free as the Wind" especially lacks the energy of the original, but "Put It Where You Want It," thanks in part to Sample's use of a funky old Wurlitzer electric piano, has a nice groove. Finally, just for fun, Sample slips in a jaunty solo benediction courtesy of Jelly Roll Morton, "Shreveport Stomp."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/1997
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624657224
catalogNumber: 46572

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Sample   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
George Duke   Synthesizer,Mini Moog
Hubert Laws   Flute
Jay Anderson   Bass
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals
Steve Gadd   Drums
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Everette Harp   Alto Saxophone
Marcus Miller   Bass
Lori Perry   Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dianne Reeves   Vocals
Erik Zobler   Overdubs
Dennis Rowland   Vocals
Castro   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

George Duke   Producer
Joe Sample   Producer
Lenny Castro   Contributor
Wayne Holmes   Engineer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Gregory Rosebud Gilmer   Art Direction

Customer Reviews

Sample This 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fresh, more updated productions of Joe Sample's most classic and favorite tunes of the 70's, his touch, interpretation and catchy melodies never lose your interest from beginning to end. Great grooves, beautiful harmonic progressions, memorable solos, he is still the best contemporary jazz pianist, whose unique and distinictive style has outlasted and shined in the test of time. There is no substitute, he is the best of the best!