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Ashes to Ashes

Joe SampleAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Ashes to Ashes 4:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Road Less Traveled 5:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. The Last Child 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Born To Be Bad 5:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (October 5, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LMO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever made! October 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that turned me on to Joe Sample. The 2 opening tracks set the mood for the album which continues through the last track. Joe Sample is one of those artists who can really convey his heart and feelings in songs, even though they are instrumentals.

Is it jazz? I'm not sure what to call it. Why do we have to classify music? To me the music on this album has a Soul/Quiet Storm/Jazz feel. I mostly listen to Quiet Storm, Soul, Smooth Jazz & some Oldies. This album fits very well in my collection.

Depending upon the day, this album alternates as my #1 favorite album of all time with others like "Do You Love Me" Jonathan Butler; "Another Sun" Yutaka; "20/20" George Benson, "Posh" Patrice Rushen, "With A Lot Of Soul" Temptations & "Floy Joy" Supremes (no I'm not kidding on the last one!)

Anyway, put it on & relax!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Icon of pianist" July 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Since I was eight years old I have been a lover of the stylings and artistry of Joe Sample,my father would play one of many eight tracks in his collection of "Sample" wizardry and I can remember asking him who was that,he said just the greatest pianist of our time,and that still lives true today,from his redition of one the classics like "Fever" to his own stylings of a few of my favorites like "Ashes To Ashes" and "Strike Two" I can go on and on about the "Gauge for all other pianist to measure themselves by".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL" September 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
No other words to me can describe the music found on this CD. Joe Sample is the "MELODY MAN" of the Crusaders and some of their prettiest tunes he's responsible for (check out "It Happens Everyday"). To me Joe made three albums in the late '80's/early '90's that are simply beautiful and this is one of them (the other two, "Spellbound" and "Invitation"). Every track on here will stay with you after you play this CD, from the first song/ title track ("Ashes to Ashes") to the final cut, which is my personal favorite, "Phoenix." Jazz doesn't get any better than this and no one plays the piano like Joe. A BEAUTIFUL ALBUM.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Sample has a CLASSIC here! May 29, 2000
By Seand67
Format:Audio CD
Beautiful piano from ex-Crusader, and the rhythm section (led by Marcus Miller) creates a fresh sound for Joe.Check out the bass and guitar on 'Mother's Eyes'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There are not many words that can tell what this album means to me. This album was a milestone in my life, thats how good it is. I bought this album in 1991, while I was in college. I have been a Jazz music lover since the age of 6 or 7. At the time I was not aware that Joe Sample was a part of the group, The Crusaders. At the time I was experimenting with new artists in an effort to broaden my collection and come across some new groups. See, trial and error was the best way to find out about stuff that your peers were not versed in. Keep in mind this was the pre-internet years. I will admit, I chose to buy the album because of the art on the album cover, other than that there was not much to go on because this name was new. But I will say, that was a gamble that paid off. From the first time I listened to that album, I was amazed. I could not believe that an album could have so many songs that were consuming. Out of the 9 songs on this album, I found myself mentally caught up in the Piano (the instrument that JS plays)on 7 of those songs, the other two songs were just plain fun. This album is the best album by a Jazz pianist I have ever heard. And ever since 1991, I have been telling everyone that can hear, Joe Sample and Ashes to Ashes is the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical storytelling at its finest March 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Joe Sample is a one of a kind storyteller. His albums

are built on a theme to which he weaves a tapestry of

beautiful melodies to soothe, inspire, and take you away.

Regardless of some opinions, this is not bland smooth

jazz. At the core of his collection you still hear the

Crusaders' sound: the funk, soul, rhythm and blues of

Joe's Texas roots. The earthy grooves are still there.

Though this album is a smoother confection of his

academy, you can get a earthier version of Joe from

"The Pecan Tree", a introspective pared down (trio)

version in "Old Places, Old Faces", full strings and

orchestra on "Invitation", and of course the vocal

collaboration of the still top selling "The Song Lives

On" with Lalah Hathaway, where Joe proves just how

wonderfully lyrical his piano melodies really are.

Joe remains my favorite contemporary pianist, and I

am a music teacher and pianist myself. I look forward

to the day I can see him in concert!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding work! August 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Joe Sample is a master to his own. His inspiration motives are always enrooted in the joy of living; that's why his interpretative freshness and constant innovation. As he states in the inner pages of the album: "In the ashes of the endangered species, the only way out is rebirth."
All the CD is mesmerizing. With special emphasis on the tracks: Ashes to ashes, The road less traveled, the dreamy Phoenix and obviously the exquisite I 'll love you.
A must in your personal collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars soothing music this is it
wow this cd here is the best!! there are no words you really have to buy it
Published 2 days ago by christina carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The master! :-)
Published 1 month ago by Sven Böhlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Invitation To A Love Affair
Sample's Ashes to Ashes was released in 1990, but, here it is a century later, and the music has remained ageless. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This album brings back memories. I love listening to this entire album. So relaxing and peaceful. The best of Joe Sample.
Published 6 months ago by George J Enns
3.0 out of 5 stars A master at the keyboard
As usual, Sample is impressive. It would be nice if he returned to some of the traditional favorites in a single album--the ballads that have found their way into our hearts:... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dr. Matts G. Djos
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!!
Joe Sample is my favorite jazz pianist. I could write a dissertation on how his method of playing piano has influenced mine. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ohemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth jazz from the 90,s
This entire cd was a great creation in musical artistry. A feature cd in a jazz club that can be played in its entirety...
Published 18 months ago by gcf555
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Sample's Best!
I used to be a DJ on an area NPR station and played a lot of Joe Sample's music. I was happy to find "Ashes to Ashes" from an Amazon vendor. Read more
Published 19 months ago by John H. Midbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd...beautiful music..Joe Sample The great!!!
Joe Sample is a great pianist and demonstrates in this magnificent production of Tommy LiPuma where, accompanied by extraordinary musicians as Marcus Miller, Omar Hakkim, Lenny... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Manuel Carranza C
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This!
If you are looking for music with electronics that's not too hard grooving but not too soft and quiet, this is the CD for you. Joe Sample does it again. Read more
Published on June 27, 2008 by Jazz B.
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