Sunday, September 21, 2014

SUNDAY MORNING JAZZ: JOE SAMPLE!!!

 
PEACE And GREETINGS;
 
GOOD SUNDAY.
 
Friday, September 12, HOUSTON, TX-native Pianist/Keyboardist/Composer/Arranger/Bandleader/Recording Artist JOE SAMPLE (February 1, 1939 - September 12, 2014) passed away due to Complications of Lung Cancer in his hometown of Houston at the age of 75.
 
He was born JOSEPH LESLIE SAMPLE, the fourth of five children, and began playing the piano at age 5.
 
As a teenager, Sample co-founded THE JAZZ CRUSADERS with Trombonist WAYNE HENDERSON, Bassist/Saxophonist WILTON FELDER, and Drummer NESBERT "STIX" HOOPER. The childhood pals played bebop at bars and strip clubs before leaving Houston for LOS ANGELES in 1958.

Within a few years, they produced their first album, "Looking Ahead."

In 1971, the group changed their name to THE CRUSADERS, and adopted a jazz-funk style. They also incorporated the electric bass and electric guitar into their music. Bass guitarist Robert "Pops" Popwell and guitarist Larry Carlton joined the band, and featured on the group's albums throughout most of the 1970s. With this new style came increased crossover appeal, and the group's recordings started to appear on the Billboard pop charts. The height of the group's commercial success came with 1979's Street Life, with Randy Crawford as featured singer, which peaked at No. 18 on the pop album charts and the title track from the album made the Top 10 on the R&B chart and No. 36 on Billboard′s Hot 100 chart.
 
By the time single, STREET LIFE, was recorded, WAYNE HENDERSON had left the Crusaders to pursue a career as a producer. STIX HOOPER left in 1983.
 
JOE SAMPLE and WILTON FELDER continued to work together for a while, but by the late 1980s Sample was focusing on his solo career, which had begun with the 1969 trio album “Fancy Dance” and included mellow pop-jazz records like “Carmel” (1979).
 
His later albums included the unaccompanied “Soul Shadows” (2004). His last album, “Children of the Sun,” is to be released this fall.
 
He also maintained a busy career as a studio musician. Among the albums on which his keyboard work can be heard are Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Joni Mitchell’s “Court and Spark” and “The Hissing of Summer Lawns,” Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer,” Steely Dan’s “Aja” and “Gaucho,” and several recordings by B. B. King.
 
His music has been sampled on numerous hip-hop records, most notably Tupac Shakur’s “Dear Mama.”
 
In recent years, JOE SAMPLE had worked with a reunited version of the Crusaders and led an ensemble called the CREOLE JOE BAND, whose music was steeped in the lively Louisiana style known as zydeco. At his death he had been collaborating with Jonatha Brooke and Marc Mantell on a musical, QUADROON, which had a reading in July at the Ensemble Theater in Houston.  
 
We celebrate the Life and Legacy of JOE SAMPLE, and we offer PRAYERS, LOVE, PEACE, BLESSINGS, WISHES Of WELLNESS to his surviving family.
 
CELEBRATE JOE SAMPLE SUNDAY MORNING JAZZ.
 
PEACE, LOVE, And SUNDAY MORNING JAZZY BLESSINGS;
 
-CCG
 
 
 


 

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