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Album Review

After a quarter of a century in the Warner Bros. camp and five years on the recording sidelines, Randy Crawford drew a circle back to the beginning, reuniting with keyboardist Joe Sample. In turn, the old Crusader put together a genuinely distinguished rhythm section, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Steve Gadd, and called upon Tommy LiPuma to produce the disc. That combination ought to guarantee a certain floor of competence from the get-go — and it's great to report that this disc always rises above it, sometimes considerably above it. By this time, both Crawford and Sample were established veterans — and the music they make here seems to come so easily from within, with only minimal backing and nothing getting in their way. Gadd puts out a propulsive beat on brushes that pushes the title track along just fine — and his work on "See Line Woman" and "Last Night at Danceland" generates something resembling the irresistible Crusaders groove, giving Sample something to trip lightly and soulfully through. Every track seems to change style with a smooth movement of the clutch — the slinky R&B funk of "Lovetown," the gentle Latin beat of "Rio de Janeiro Blue," the pure mainstream piano trio jazz of "But Beautiful," the heavy blues atmosphere of "Tell Me More and More and Then Some," a trip back to the 1960s' Top 40 with "Everybody's Talking" (dig Randy's fervent high note that Harry Nilsson once hit in falsetto). A very gratifying release — considering how tempting it would have been to crank this out on autopilot. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

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RANDY CRAWFORD & JOE SAMPLE FEELING GOOD.

If you like sophisticated funk with a jazz feel & superlative female vocals.....then this album is for you. Randy Crawford has long been regarded as one of America's best singers, & this release is as good as it gets. She teams up with pianist Joe Sample, who she worked with years ago, when he led the Crusaders. On this album he is playing a beautifully recorded grand piano & his playing is so good. He has a very relaxed style & a killer groove......his solos are gems.
Some of these songs are re-recordings of older material. The songs sounded great back then, but are now so much more refined & have a deeper jazz feel. There is not one song, on the album , that is not outstanding.

Feeling good

Excellent

Magnificient

Great music, best I have heard in a long time. Absolutely beautiful arrangements of the songs. What a gorgeous voice Randy. This is real music.

Biography

Born: 01 February 1939 in Houston, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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