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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

Customer Reviews

Late in the evening ease

Some 30 years ago, Crawford and pianist Sample met up during the recording of her debut album, "Everything Must Change". He was clearly impressed by what he heard. When putting together the next Crusaders album, he asked her to be guest vocalist and wrote a track, the classic "Street Life", for her to sing. It was her breakthrough moment, launching a solo career that would be graced by such hits as "One Day I'll Fly Away", "Give Me The Night", "Rainy Night In Georgia" and her version of Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door".
They've worked together on several occasions since, the most current example being "Feeling Good", an enjoyable album with its mix of soul, pop, blues, jazz and gospel.
Produced by Joe Sample and the legendary Tommy LiPuma "Feeling Good" is the ultimate album of covers with a mix of old standards and contemporary songs, including "All Night Long", "Everybody's Talking" and the title track "Feeling Good" that is a breathtaking duet between Randy's incredible voice and Joe's impeccable piano.
As relaxed and sophisticated as you might expect given their joint histories and pedigrees, the album slips down with late in the evening ease.
One thing is sure : it is one of the most soulful albums you'll listen to this year..

amazing ...

amazing time to listen ...

Biography

Born: February 01, 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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