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Joe Sample was so soulful. #3015538 11/11/19 02:30 AM
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Playing through the pain. I miss him.


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One of my favorite players. Saw him live a number of times. Never failed to impress. On one of the dates probably in the mid to late 90s, he had a couple of great stories. One was about his song "Hippies On A Corner." He was on his way to a gig in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco in the mid 60s. As he put it "I had on my nice suit with a black tie.. I was wearing what we called a 'Stingy Brim Hat' and I had 98 cents to my name. I was *livin'* the life of a Jazz Musician." Two kids come up and ask him for a dollar and he says he doesn't have one. They start calling him a liar, etc. Joe says "And in that moment I realized we had reached racial equality. They didn't see a black man just trying to get by, they saw The Man in a suit!"

The other one was about the education he received when he was quite young touring in Texas and maybe Oklahoma. As he put it "You learned to groove pretty damn fast 'cause if you got out there and weren't making the crowd move their ass, they jumped up on stage and kicked yours!"

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Among other ways I appreciate him, Joe Sample helps me out as sort of a palette-cleanser and an aid to refinding my musical center. When I'm feeling fatigued from listening to people trying to push the boundaries of jazz, and just want to remember what it means to bring joy to an audience, Sample is ample.


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Originally Posted by Adan
...When I'm feeling fatigued from listening to people trying to push the boundaries of jazz, and just want to remember what it means to bring joy to an audience, Sample is ample.

I totally agree. He was always easy on the ears and supremely musical.


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Yeah he was awesome on that album in 1994 with Al Jareuu


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some good insight in this video, no playing



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This thread needs music clips. I wore this album out...



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Sample was perfect combination of Soulful playing and tasty playing. He always played to the tune and came up with parts that fit like a glove.

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"Carmel" is one of my favorites I still listen to on a regular basis. And I still play " It happens everyday" occasionally. Loved his sideman work with the LA Express especially, and of course the Crusaders. And on the Court & Spark Joni Mitchell record. All this stuff was highly important and influential in my early developing years.

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Re: Joe Sample was so soulful. [Re: Jazz+] #3015646 11/11/19 07:27 PM
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Joe Sample + soulful made me think of this (and I promise to work on my embedding skills :):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IegHWzCOo0

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Originally Posted by pinkfloydcramer
Joe Sample + soulful made me think of this (and I promise to work on my embedding skills :):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IegHWzCOo0


Man, thanks for this - never heard this one... so tasty. Joe's Wurlie was so warm, and rounded-sounding. George Duke told me he had it in his studio during the time he was recording Joe's "Sample This" release. He was so taken by his Wurlitzer that he used it on the original recording of "It's On" from GD's After Hours release.

I saw Joe many times during his career, and was always impressed with his soulful playing and his feel. You always know Joe within a few notes, from his touch and soul. RIP.

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Originally Posted by Jazz+
Playing through the pain. I miss him.



I used to play "Deeper Than You Think" with my band back when I used to live in Kenya. That song always went over very well, became a crowd favorite. And it was always an opportunity for the guitarist to unleash his inner Benson.

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I really like his Rhodes playing on Michael Frank's "Popsicle Toes". Really tasty. rimshot

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Once, when it was my turn to put a song on our song list, I chose Put It Where You Want It. We played the music like the Crusaders but also sang the words from the AWB version. I believe Mr. Sample wrote the words, too. Two guitars did the horn licks and I had a wah-wah on my EP sound because Larry Carlton used one. It stayed on the list until it was voted down two years later by everyone but me! But it was fun to play it for a while. Genius voicing for the EP and what a great bass line. By the way, my bandmates and I are almost all in our late 60s or have reached 70 and we play mostly 60s & 70s rock/pop and some country, so it was a slightly weird fit. RIP Joe.


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He's was so great. I met him at a club in the mid '70's when he, Stix, and Billy Rogers came in. Joe had a copy of Rainbow Seeker on a cassette and it hadn't been released yet. Joe, Stix and I went out to my car and listened to it. Me and Stix shared a joint. Joe didn't hit it. What a memory!

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Loved Joe so much!!!

One of my favorites is Rainbow Visions. The interplay between Joe and Larry!!!
(I think I hear a quote from Theme from Taxi in Joe's solo, or vice versa )



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Originally Posted by Dave Ferris
One of my favorites although he's not what I consider a Jazz player in the Kenny Barron, Hank Jones, Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, etc. etc. mold. In fact he didn't fare all that well sitting in on a gig I was playing with Dick Berk many years ago. Dick and Joe were friends from the '60s and asked if I was cool with him sitting in. I said...are you kidding me ?! He was one of my idols early on that got me into Jazz.

For whatever reason, he waved off the horns and called Oleo at a pretty bright tempo just Trio. Berk was a great Be Bop drummer but was known for speeding up. If it started at 120 for the half before long it would be at 140. Basically Joe couldn't play the head and was really struggling on Rhythm changes uptempo. Afterwards he knew that he didn't play that well from the look on his face. Getting down he said to me, I should've just called a Blues at an easy tempo. I downplayed the whole scenario saying something like -- man it's so tough to get up cold and play something hard like Oleo at that tempo. Let's hear Berk play the groove on Put it where you want it... laugh I told him I was honored that he sat in for me. He appreciated that.

"Carmel" is one of my favorites I still listen to on a regular basis. And I still play " It happens everyday" occasionally. Loved his sideman work with the LA Express especially, and of course the Crusaders. And on the Court & Spark Joni Mitchell record. All this stuff was highly important and influential in my early developing years. He continued to move forward
in later years with all of his tasty solo releases. Like I said in a recent thread - along with my Jazz and Classical favorites, he's a Desert Isle keyboardist and composer.

Dave, I agree he wasn't a Jazz player in that sense, but he had a very sophisticated platte of rhythmic chordal vamps and soloing compared with contemporaries of the Jazz-Rock Genre of the time. Check out the youtube I just posted above. I need to check out Carmel!

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One of my favorites. Chart available


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Originally Posted by jerrythek
Originally Posted by pinkfloydcramer
Joe Sample + soulful made me think of this (and I promise to work on my embedding skills :):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IegHWzCOo0


Man, thanks for this - never heard this one... so tasty.


You're quite welcome! On the CD, that cut followed by this- IMO another great example of JS's tastefulness and soul:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g8teyLisI4

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Loved his playing and he sounded great on other people's rigs too.
Jazz club in Mammoth Lakes was a hot spot.
What was so unique is jazz groups, rock tributes, punk, synth EDM even Freestyle HipHop groups performed there.
He knew his audiences.
Ski Seasons there were awesome and specialty drinks like Coffee, Baileys and Tuaca topped with a hefty hat of whip cream were fantastic.
Been years since he passed but he is still Alive and well in Big Pine, Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, etc.


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Joe has been my go to Jazz player, I guess because of his soulful from the heart style of playing. He brought in a drummer that he had not worked with for years and they rehearsed in a friends studio. I got copies of that rehearsal and the stories he told between songs were too cool!!!


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I think he could play any style.

This is a great trio album. (And this is one of my favorite trio versions of "Green Dolphin Street."


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He plays quite fine on Green Dolphin, thanks.


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Originally Posted by linwood
He's was so great. I met him at a club in the mid '70's when he, Stix, and Billy Rogers came in. Joe had a copy of Rainbow Seeker on a cassette and it hadn't been released yet. Joe, Stix and I went out to my car and listened to it. Me and Stix shared a joint. Joe didn't hit it. What a memory!


Great story!

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Wow - thanks for this as well. Keep them coming!

Originally Posted by cedar
I think he could play any style.

This is a great trio album. (And this is one of my favorite trio versions of "Green Dolphin Street."


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I should contribute something as well. It may be a bit too smooth for some, but his Invitation recording is a great chance to hear his thick harmonies, wonderful voicings and stellar touch. The arrangements really integrate the strings/winds/horns and piano in a seamless way, using the same "voice" and approach. A very tasteful, if restrained outing for him.

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Nowadays his most famous riff is probably this one, courtesy of Tupac:


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Back in the mid-80s, I watched the Jazz Crusaders live Midnight Triangle VHS tape many times. Joe was a monster of the groove. RIP Mr. Sample. cool


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