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Joe Sample

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One of the many jazzmen who started out playing hard bop but went electric during the fusion era, Joe Sample was, in the late '50s, a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders along with trombonist Wayne Henderson, tenor saxman Wilton Felder, and drummer Stix Hooper. The Crusaders' debt to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers wasn't hard to miss -- except that the L.A.-based unit had no trumpeter, and became known for its unique tenor/trombone front line. Sample, a hard-swinging player who could handle chordal and modal/scalar improvisation equally well, stuck to the acoustic piano during the Crusaders' early years -- but would place greater emphasis on electric keyboards when the band turned to jazz-funk in the early '70s and dropped "Jazz" from its name. Though he'd recorded as a trio pianist on 1969's obscure Fancy Dance, 1978's Rainbow Seeker was often described as his first album as a leader. In contrast to the gritty music the Crusaders became known for, Sample's own albums on MCA and, later, Warner Bros. and PRA generally favored a very lyrical and introspective jazz-pop approach. Sample died of mesothelioma in September 2014 in Houston, Texas at the age of 75. In 2015, Sample's holiday-themed collaboration with vocalist India.Arie, Christmas with Friends, was posthumously released. ~ Alex Henderson
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Albums by
Joe Sample

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    CreoleJoe Band

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    The Pecan Tree

    11 songs

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    The Song Lives On

    15 songs

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    Sample This

    10 songs

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    Old Places Old Faces

    10 songs

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    Did You Feel That?

    10 songs

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    Invitation

    10 songs

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    Spellbound

    8 songs

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    Swing Street Cafe

    8 songs

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    Oasis

    7 songs

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    Voices in the Rain

    7 songs

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    Carmel

    8 songs

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    Rainbow Seeker

    9 songs

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    Ashes to Ashes

    8 songs

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    Roles

    6 songs

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    The Hunter

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Joe Sample

    13 songs

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    Creole Love Call

    11 songs

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    The Best of Joe Sample

    10 songs

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    Collection

    12 songs

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    Soul Shadows

    11 songs

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    Live

    11 songs

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    Children of the Sun

    11 songs

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    The Pecan Tree

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Top Songs by
Joe Sample

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  2.   Hippies on a Corner
  3.   Night Flight
  4.   Invitation
  5.   Fly With Wings of Love
  6.   Sermonized
  7.   Seven Years of Good Luck
  8.   Born to Be Bad
  9.   Spellbound
  10.   Chain Reaction
  11.   Jambalaya Jumble by CreoleJoe Band
  12.   Louisiana Woman - Texas Man by CreoleJoe Band
  13.   X Marks the Spot (Marie Laveau)
  14.   Ashes to Ashes
  15.   In All My Wildest Dreams
  16.   It Happens Everyday
  17.   Free as the Wind
  18.   A House Is Not a Home
  19.   Stormy Weather
  20.   The Last Buzz
  21.   First Love
  22.   Melodies of Love
  23.   Tones for Ben
  24.   Cannery Row
  25.   Summertime
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Joe Sample

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    Smooth Jazz Instrumentals

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    Smooth Jazz

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    Mardi Gras

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    Late Night Jazz

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    Classic Jazz

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    Classic Jazz [Non-Voc]

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    Jazz

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    Acid Jazz


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