LEGENDS - SPAIN 1997 (Joe Sample R.I.P. 1939-2014)

September 17, 2014 – 2:05 pm

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JOE SAMPLE R.I.P. 1939-2014

Joe Sample, who became a jazz star in the 1960s as the pianist with the Jazz Crusaders and an even bigger star a decade later when he began playing electric keyboards and the group simplified its name to the Crusaders, died on September 12, 2014 in Houston. He was 75. The cause was mesothelioma (cancer of the lungs), said his manager, Patrick Rains. Among the albums on which his keyboard work can be heard are Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark and The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Tina Turner’s Private Dancer, Steely Dan’s Aja and Gaucho, and several recordings by BB King.

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(Marcus Miller, Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Steve Gadd)
Vitoria 1997 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Gastiez Jazz Festival, Vitoria, Spain; July 17, 1997. Excellent soundboard. Incomplete show.

Thanks to original uploader geetarz; and to goody for sharing the tracks at Dime.

Goody’s notes:

Looking for some Joe Sample to upload today in memory and celebration of his passing this past Friday in Houston, I came across this show, shared here in 2010 by geetarz (thank you very much!)…

This is a pristine, stellar recording and performance by an appropriately-named and short-lived group put together by Marcus Miller, who must’ve been having quite a nice time playing together from the sound of things here. It’s an interesting blend of musical styles and sources which should bring in a wide assortment of admirers of all these “Living Legends” here to check it out. I know you’ll find something to enjoy in this great (put most likely incomplete) presentation.

DSP CD-R > EAC v. 0.99 Prebeta 5 (Secure, Offset Correct) > FLAC
foobar2000 (WAV) > Audition (tracking, splits; hard limiting; gaps removed; fades) > TLH (FLAC Level 8; Align sector boundaries; ffp) > foobar2000 (tags)

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. The Peeper 8:38 (14.5MB)
Track 02. In Case You Hadn’t Noticed 6:43 (11.3MB)
Track 03. Snakes 8:06 (13.6MB)
Track 04. Third Degree 6:59 (11.7MB)
Track 05. First Song (For Ruth)/Tango Blues 10:05 (16.9MB)
Track 06. Put It Where You Want It 12:07 (20.3MB)
Track 07. Every Day I Have The Blues 6:12 (10.4MB)
Track 08. In A Sentimental Mood 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 09. Layla 5:24 (9.1MB)
Track 10. Going Down Slow 6:12 (10.4MB)
74 mins

Marcus Miller - bass, bass clarinet
Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
David Sanborn - alto saxophone
Joe Sample - keyboards, piano
Steve Gadd - drums

Click here to order Legends - Live At Montreux 1997 DVD.

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  1. 4 Responses to “LEGENDS - SPAIN 1997 (Joe Sample R.I.P. 1939-2014)”

  2. Very nice indeed. One of the best slow Laylas, with the bass clarinet early on…

    By Job Hunter on Sep 17, 2014

  3. Joe will be missed. I believe that Joe will be remembered as a player and composer ranked with Bach and Beethoven. I remember hearing the Crusaders on the Ed Love show. They are who really got me introduced to jazz, they were the link between traditional jazz and rock and roll.
    This is not to take anything away from the contributions of the other players in the Crusaders, I thought that it was too bad that nothing was said of the passing of Wayne Henderson earlier this year.

    By nobsartist on Sep 17, 2014

  4. The complete show together with the complete Montreux show (4-CD-set, soundboard, flac, artwork) can be found here for download:


    By Mr. Snips on Sep 17, 2014

  5. Thank-You so much Big O! The sound is fantastic. I too found the love of Jazz thru the Crusaders. Wish I was at this show.

    By popac on Sep 18, 2014

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