Joe Sample was around the jazz world since the ’50’s when he, Stix Hooper and Wilton Felder started the Jazz Crusaders. By 1971, they shortened the name to The Crusaders and played some fantastic fusion, including having a Top 40 single, “Put It Where You Want It,” in 1972. He also started a solo career in the ’70’s and has worked with Miles Davis, George Benson, B. B. King, Eric Clapton and Steely Dan, among others. Here are a couple of examples of his solo work.
Rio De Janiero Blue (with Randy Crawford)
Hippies On A Corner
Joe died in 2014 after battling mesothelioma, leaving behind 25 albums as a solo act and many more with The Crusaders and as a sideman.
Joe Sample, your Two for Tuessday, September 25, 2018.