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Old Places Old Faces

Joe SampleAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 21, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Jazz
  • ASIN: B000002N5F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Old Places Old Faces by Joe Sample

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars he makes that piano sing! February 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Joe Sample stepped away from the style of the Crusaders and into his own with this beautiful CD. The playing is crisp and exact and the songs flow very well. The songs take you through different styles of music, yet they blend very well. "Free Yourself", "Black and White" and "Hippies on the Corner" will make your head nod without even realizing it. "Miles of Blue " does the same thing. My favorite cut is "Angels on my mind". Its a beautiful song that makes you sink back into your seat and listen to it one more time. If you listen closely, you can hear Joe humming on this one. Pick it up!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music from beginning to end! August 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album could have been titled "Old Places, Old Faces,

Suite" It is the most cohesive collection of compositions

I have heard from a recording artist in a long time.

Read the liner note descriptions of each tune, it is Joe's

inspiration for every selection, and a diary of the most

significant impressions in his life. His reflections make

each piece even more meaningful and interesting. The tracks

are tight and his signature style is in top form! A must have!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps His Best CD, at least in the last 20 years June 16, 2004
By Anthony
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to music, especially when it comes to Mr. Sample, this album is what I set as the standard. There is excellence in ever facet of this album. "Old Places Old Faces" creates a mood that cannot be avoided. It is filled with spirit that other artists couldn't touch, and that Sample probably couldn't touch before 1995. It is an album filled with pain, love, beauty, revelation, and most importantly, growth. The listener can hear Sample reflect as he lays his hands on the keys. The compositions here are the most expressive that Sample has written in some time. One can tell that this album wasn't released to make money, get airplay, or propel a concert tour. This album was made to work out issues and share his feelings. It's this kind of emotion that the listener need to take part of, and to look back on this album time and time again. This is, in this writer's opinion, Joe Sample's best work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old sounds, Old Melodies February 19, 2007
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Released in 1995, "Old places, Old faces" is the coolest, smoothest and most relaxing Jazz album Joe Sample ever produced so far.

All tracks are mostly acoustic with JS. emphasizing on his original melodies, backed by Jay Anderson on bass, Ralph Penland on drums, Dean Parks on Guitar, Charles loyd on Tenor Sax and Lenny Castro on Percussion.

"Old places old faces" Original sound and melodies; one thing for sure, this is a very pleasing and a well memorable album for this great artist.

Highly Recommended
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His very best September 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being a Joe Sample fan since his "Rainbow Seeker" days, I have enjoyed--and sometimes endured--many of his records over the last 20 years. But "Old Places.." is Sample's crowning achievement.
For this record, Sample removes all the slick arrangements, vocals and pop aspirations and leaves us with an acoustic small group format that showcases quite well some of his finest compositions in a long, long time. His trademark jazzy barrelhouse blues piano style stays intact, with a lot of thoughtfulness that is typical in his playing. He gets excellent support from percussionist Lenny White, bassist Jay Anderson and Bay Area sax legend Charles Lloyd. Anderson really stands out the most, in my opinion, who can get downright funky on the upright when he needs to.
It's pointless to pick out songs for special mention, they are all very good. Listen very closely and you will find that Joe did sneak in a Fender Rhodes on "Hippies On a Corner", but the acoustic spirit stays intact.
Anyone who has seen his acoustic trio live when this CD was new a couple of years ago knows what a truly special artist Joe Sample is. It's also interesting to note that a lot of his older "electronic" tunes that he played during that tour sounded surprisingly better in this setting, too. It's proof that his compositions and musicianship way transcends the commercial treatments he sometimes gives them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth jazz that doesn't suck February 6, 2008
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Is there such a thing as smooth jazz that doesn't suck? Yes, there is, and this CD offers proof. Joe Sample has always been several cuts above your average smooth jazz player, but let's be honest: he recorded a lot of mediocre music in the 80s and 90s. For this release, he cut out the synth glop, the strings, and the saccharine saxophone, wrote some nice tunes, and stuck to piano and Fender Rhodes. The result is a very enjoyable CD that grooves and doesn't insult your musical intelligence. It's mellow enough that you can use it as background music, but it's interesting enough that you can sit down and focus on it. It's not the masterpiece that some of the reviewers here are claiming it is, but it is high quality, soulful pop jazz. It's smooth jazz that fans of real jazz can enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece! February 19, 2005
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These songs chronicle some of the most important events Joe Sample's life. Joe pours his heart and soul into every song here; the highs and lows, the ups and downs. Throw in Charles Lloyd on tenor sax and you have a masterpiece recording in my opinion. If I was stranded on an island with a stereo this would be one of the recordings I would have with me. Run to the nearest record store and buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This is an older album and his style is not ...
This is an older album and his style is not quite developed to his current standard, but it not hard to listen to.
Published 18 days ago by Joyleen P. Hodde
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic Joe Sample with great percussion and a terrific stand up bass player.
Published 1 month ago by Zeller
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential jazz...
Love it...musicians with real class. I bought it to hear Joe Sample but Charles Lloyd knocked me out on this one.
Published 3 months ago by A
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz with soul
Joe Sample has his own sound that is like a bridge between jazz and soul. I like it a lot. It is clear that Joe was the one that gave the typical sound of Crusaders. Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. Petersson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
I love the music on this CD. It is really upbeat and complex, mellow without being fluff. I listen to it repeatedly without it getting old. It's already one of my favorites.
Published on April 22, 2010 by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars pure, old-time jazz sound
This cd is a must for those who really like that pure, old-time jazz sound instead of that smooth jazz sound that is so popular with listeners today. Read more
Published on July 19, 2009 by T. Hopson
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One
As a long-time fan of Joe Sample and one who has seen him many times in concert, I have no idea how Old Places, Old Faces escaped my notice when it was first released. Read more
Published on November 13, 2008 by Kurt Harding
5.0 out of 5 stars love love love
used to own the cassette. have been searching for cd at stores, could not find, even my daughter has been looking, she loved this cassette at the age of 8. Read more
Published on March 11, 2008 by Sheri L. Mckinney
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
In my opinion this is the best album that Joe has done thus far. I have almost all of his music and this is the pinacle of his talent. A must have for any collection of jazz. Read more
Published on February 12, 2007 by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful jazz album that flows
I've had this album for a long time, just listened to it again last night. I was amazed how the songs flow together and that every track on the album is memorable and... Read more
Published on December 9, 2006 by Larry Ketchersid
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