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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

I'M NOT SURPRISED!

This is the 2nd collaboration album that Joe Sample has done. The first one with Lalah Hathaway. I absolutely love this CD. Randy Crawford's vocals are crisp, melodic, harmonic, you name it. As usual, I love Joe Sample's playing. His playing is so soft, and sensual. Get this CD you won't be disappointed. I can't stop playing this CD. Marvelous!

Randy...

This is reminiscent of "Street Life," an oldie, but still one of my all-time favorites. Her voice has smoothed out since then, but Randy is always at her finest. Joe is there on "Street Life" with the Crusaders as well...

ANOTHER CLASSIC..

The Lagend did it again.. Another classic, another great CD.. back with Randy Crawford a wonderful combination, just listen and you will love it. Thanks again to the MAESTRO !!!.. for given us a great music. Respect. My favorits...End of the Line, Rio, Love Town, Tell me More, When I need you.

Biography

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...
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