Session number 16 is so sweet that when you wake up after a long night of listening to The Jazz Jousters – you’re going say “ahh another manhã.” Beautiful as it may seem, the beauty produced couldn’t be any realer than the sample choice – ‘Manhã Do Carnaval’ taken off Joe Sample’s 1976 ‘The Three’ album.
The Jazz Jousters Flip A Joe Sample – is brilliantly composed, it’s “music to my ears.” A short seven track EP may seem as if you’re being undercut, but let me tell you, seven variations of one sample is enough to squeeze the juices trapped inside your eardrum, you just have to allow the EP to bang that drum hard enough, and “ahh another manhã.” This project features production from the usual scholars, but in case this album disorients you – they are Blue Buttonz, Bones The Beat Head, Es-K, Gadget, and recent scholarly additions: RickMal and SmokedBeat.
Joe Sample was born in Houston, Texas on February 1, 1939 (74 years and 2 days after this release) and began playing the piano at the age of five. His musical career started in high school in 1950 after teaming up with two friends, “saxophonist Wilton Felder and drummer Nesbert “Stix” Hooper, to form a group called the Swingsters.” Soon after high school he went on to study piano at Texas Southern University in where he “met and added trombonist Wayne Henderson and several other players to the Swingsters.” By the early 1960’s, Sample managed to transition the band into The Crusaders (formerly known as The Jazz Crusaders) at which became a progressive jazz band known for its mixture of jazz, pop, and soul sound; more than 90 albums have been credited to The Crusaders, including live, compilation, and singles.
By the 1970’s Sample and his band extended beyond jazz music to amalgamate with funk, thus jazz-funk was birthed with the extended use of electric keyboards. To say that Joe Sample was solely a jazz musician undermines his musical credibility, he once said “I detest the separation that has gone on,” with regards to “artificial genre divisions.” He once told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “[African-American musical styles] all came out of our spirituality, out of the church. When people say ‘Are you a jazz musician?,’ I say, ‘No, I’m a jazz-gospel-and-blues musician.”
In his 63 year career span he collaborated with Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Tina Turner, B.B. King, Anita Baker, and Ray Brown and released 25 solo albums, some of which included tributes to Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton.
In All My Wildest Dreams appears to be Joe Sample’s most sampled song – one that birthed Tupac Shakur’s most celebrated and intimate song “Dear Mama” to Tha Mexakinz “Burning Hot.”
The Jazz Jousters are brought to you by Millennium Jazz Music, an international Hip Hop – Jazz and Jazz orientated music community that manage the “Lab Off” sessions including podcast showcasing various musical talent from all across the globe.
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