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Album Review

Pianist Joe Sample is a pioneer at creating melodic and accessible pop-jazz. His recordings of the 1970s and '80s were consistently popular, especially this best-seller. Sample is joined on most selections by fellow Crusader Stix Hooper on drums, electric bassist Abraham Laboriel, percussionist Paulinho Da Costa, and, often, guitarist Dean Parks. Flutist Hubert Laws guests on "Midnight and Mist." The memorable melodies, clean harmonics, and Sample's fine playing make Carmel a high point among his solo recordings.

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Sample's Best !

Welcome to the Monterey Peninsula. The intensity of raging seas meets the serenity of misty rain as Joe Sample's keyboard narrates a fantasy tour through one of America's most beautiful landscapes. From the opening notes of "Carmel" through the final hypnotic strains of "More Beautiful Each Day," Joe captures every color on ivory. "Sunrise" brings an intense, urgent melody, with variations on a theme ever-raising the stakes. "Cannery Row" evokes images of honky tonk nights filled with ragtime music and tawdry tales. Joe switches to electronic keyboards for "A Rainy Day in Monterey," painting a masterful landscapes with a lighter-than-air touch. Joe Sample's 40+ year career has produced an extraordinary body of work, but none so complete in theme and execution as "Carmel."

Music I remember

Joe's music takes me back years. I appreciate it for it simplistic yet penetrating melodies. Like "Voices in the Rain" Carmel is comforting during stressful times like these.


Joe Sample is amazing!


Born: February 1, 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 chordal...
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