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Joe Sample

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 have generally favored a very lyrical and introspective jazz-pop approach. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Brings back childhood memories.
Thanks for the music, Joe. Your sound will always be here, and that means YOU will always be here.
RIP Joe Sample! You are tied with Bob James for my favorite jazz pianist. You will be sorely missed...
My prayers go out to your family, for truly you will sorely be missed, you and your music brought a lot of joy and happiness, your place in the annuals of music is secure, there will never be a piano player such as yourself, who had such a profound effect on the development of this music we call jazz, thank you, Mr Joe Sample, for your time amount us, it was a sheer joy of watching you in person playing music you enjoyed playing, as we sat and listened Spell Bound, it was a musical treat that w
Thanks too Joe love you.
Just listening to Orrin Evans playing Rockin' Chair and the day Joe sample died I was listening to Rockin' Chair...toda y Pandora plays Rockin' chair followed by Joe's Embraceable You!! WOW!!
If Robert Frost had wanted a lyrical musical accompanimen t to his prose “The Road Not Taken”, it would be Sample’s beautiful tone poem “The Road Less Traveled”. Joe may have had RF in mind when he composed this beautiful tone. Mr. Sample will be missed.
Man, when my brother called and told me that Joe had passed, I couldn't believe it. First we lost George Duke and then Joe Sample. What a loss! R.I. P. and my God Bless the both of you.
God, I miss you Joe.
A bright light in a world that is often way too dark.
marioncarrol l 2
Loved making love with Joe's piano in the background.
barmumba25
Goddess is goodness tks Mr Sample 4 all the good music God rest ur soul love u always!!!!!
justogb
Hey Pandora. .Please update Mr. Sample bio. He was a great man. His music will live on
Yes this is a Awesome Piece. Love that piano.
cgarvin81
Love love love the serenity of the sound :)
volleyone
Thank you for the beautiful music. Always calms the beast in me. RIP Mr. Joe Sample
We are and will always be Houston proud of our home boy Joe Sample. His music was the soundtrack of my young adult life and gave me guidance during my development as a musician. The music will live forever!!
Ashes to Ashes always took me to a calm place Thank you Mr Sample RIP
Joe Sample my all time favorite musician.!! Thanks for the Music
Great music from a great musician. You will be missed. RIP Joe Sample.
Ashes to Ashes just love it played it sitting between my Boston acoustics it was like you were there performing a concert Lord every note was Crystal clear. ..thank you Mr Sample thank you....Rip
ying.bill
A life very, very well-lived. Thanks Joe!
One of the Greatest..RI P BRETHREN
Rest in peace Mr. Joe Sample!
kristi.king
RIP Great Sir
R.I.P Mr. Sample. I grew up listening to you
R.I.P. Music Master
RIP I've been listening toyou since Iwas a kid. Had the pleasure of seeing him at the fron row incleveland ohio. he and george can wear heaven out now. Blessings to your family! RIP Check out the album Joe Sample and Lalah Hathaway!Mas t e r p i e c e .
All you ever had to do was listen. His music said it all.
May you rest in peace brother Joe. Your music will live on forever...
Today is my Joe Sample day at work. Sad you are gone but you will always be remembered for your beautiful music. My prayers are with the family
Thanks, for all the great music....so soothing after a tough day !! You've earned your wings now. Soar in Heaven & RIP! My sympathies to your family & fans...u will be missed. But we will enjoy u forever !!!
Thank you Mr Sample for your God Given Talent. You are truly a Legend. My Prayers to your Family and Fans from all over the World. Spellbound.
Joe Sample's music is the soundtrack to our 41 year marriage. Now he plays with the ancestors... He and George Duke
Joe we in Houston, TX love and you will be missed. RIP.
namsby
my introduction to jazz-joe sample and the crusaders 1973. RIP NIGEL A.
shontell.pow e l l
Gone but never forgotten! RIP Joe!
Thank you for the audio vibrations.. . y o u r music will move us forever!
There was a giant of jazz and all music! RIP! We will keep listening right here!!!
RIP Joe!
Biggest influence in my writing days. Carmel album blew me away. Showing my age. Saw Joe at Rockafellas in the early '90's. Houston Texas. His sisters and mama were there. Awesome night.
Smooth as a shot of Jack Daniel anytime the Carmel is the best album made. By Joe Sample.
To one of the Greatest Jazz players of all time, with an album that every song on it was a hit, a true classic, his music has established itself in the annuals of jazz immortality, love the sound of your music, made many of my nights a joy to remember. Thanks Joe!!!
All-righT!
Joe Sample has done what all great artists have done, created a unique sound and instantly recognizable voice with an musical instrament.
Joe Sample has done nothing but play his music from his heart and soul.
Please give him the credit,
He is one of the Best
I have been a fan since the early 70's.(Crusad e r s )
2012 I saw him at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry N.H.

What a wonderful show.
He hung around after , signed autographs and allowed everyone to take pictures with him.
All that need,s to be done,IS JUST LISTSEN.
When you think of jazz you think of Joe sample
Joe Sample one of the best smooth jazz player around
coleman3.edw i n
Joe is one of the best ever. Beautiful compostions!
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