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"When Your Life Was Low," one of this album's four writing collaborations between former Crusaders keyboardist Joe Sample and pop's hack-for-hire Will Jennings, is typical of this CD's low aim and artistic laziness. The vague expression of friendship in "Life," voiced listlessly by the technically adept but boring Lalah Hathaway, is perfect for the office-ready smooth-jazz radio format and little else. Hathaway's appearances on 7 of The Song Lives On's 11 cuts are a blessing only in that they break up the monotony of Sample's in-one-ear-and-out-the-other noodlings; her extremely unnecessary version of "Fever" and a dull-edged remake of the Crusaders/Randy Crawford classic "Street Life" are résumé fodder and little else. --Rickey Wright

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Most of the songs on keyboardist Joe Sample's The Song Lives On feature vocalist Lalah Hathaway, daughter of R&B singer Donny Hathaway. "I've never been a formulaic Top 40 songwriter," says Sample, best-known for his pioneering jazz-soul band the Crusaders. "Usually, the singers - like Randy Crawford or Al Jarreau - who have done well with my tunes are great interpreters. Lalah has those same instincts." Sample's trio for the recording features bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Walfredo Reyes Jr.

--- JAZZIZ Magazine Copyright © 2000, Milor Entertainment, Inc. -- From Jazziz


1. The Song Lives On
2. Fever
3. Come Along With Me
4. Living In Blue
5. Street Life
6. When Your Life Was Low
7. One Day I'll Fly Away
8. When The World Turns Blue
9. For All We Know
10. Bitter Sweet
11. A Long Way From Home

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: April 20, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B00000ILY5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Shae Williamson on December 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Amazon.com, I think you messed up this time...giving the assignment of reviewing this CD to someone who obviously knows nothing about jazz. Ricky Waters' review of The Song Lives On couldn't be further from reality! Joe Samples' keyboard skills will melt through you like butter. Layla Hathaway (who performs on most of the songs) has an incredible voice that I can only liken to a silk scarf wafting through a light breeze on a sunny day. Her rendition of Fever will have you boppin' through your living room! When Your Life Was Low was an poignant, spiritual song that everyone (except for Ricky Waters of course) can relate to. This is a CD that has become a valuable addition to my collection and I highly recommend it to Jazz connoiseurs and romantics alike. Really, the nerve of Amazon.com giving the task of reviewing this CD to someone whos last review was probably Blink 182! If you don't know who they are...don't ask! Ignore this non-jazz loving reviewer's opinion and buy this CD. You won't regret it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dexter L. Blackman on May 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Song Lives On, it definately does in the form of this well composed Joe Sample-Lalah Hathaway collaboration. Sample, an R&B and jazz veteran of The Crusaders fame, provides lush bountiful paino laced tracks, that the talented Ms. Hathaway injects with feeling. Her boldfully sultry voice combines with the well crafted lyrics and emotional melodies to mesmerize the listener from beginning to end. What really works for the duo are the remakes of several standads, including For All We Know,popularized by the late Donny Hathway, Lalah's father. Ambitious as such an undertaking may be, the apple did not fall from the tree. Other stadouts include Come Along With Me, the reflective When Your Life Was Low, and Bitter Sweet. This is not just a jazz lover's cd, it is for those who enjoy easy listening, adult contemporary (whatever that means), slow R&B, or good music. The one shortcoming of the cd, is that Lalah's voice has quickened the longing of her fans want of her to return in full force. We want another album, girl! Thanks Joe.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Psboston7 on March 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This CD was first introduced to me 3 years ago. I still have it on my shuffle. I can't express enough how soulfull this CD is or how it touched "me" the songs were insightful. I was going through a interesting time when I was introduce to this CD and remember loving Lalah's voice it was more to me than "smooth Jazz" it was a wonderful collaboration that I hope many have and will enjoy. A must buy for listeners who enjoy good vocals with a nice blend of Jazz.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Jones on June 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Jazz will always have innovators to be thankful for: Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Holly Cole...artists that bridge genres and manage to enhance, not disorient, the jazz field. But what about classic jazz sets? Ask yourself to think of a truly original, sprited album of true jazz that was recorded in the past ten years and you'll most likely have to say, "Give me a minute..." Natalie Cole's "Take a Look," maybe? Diana Krall's "Love Scenes"? Enter Joe Sample and Lalah Hathaway's "The Song Lives On." Boasting the unbeatable elements of stellar musicianship, intoxicating vocals and impeccable taste in material, "The Song Lives On" manages to both hang as loosely and sound as classic as Sarah Vaughan's self-titled effort with Clifford Brown.
The album only contains two standards in the traditional sense of the term, and they both shine: Peggy Lee's "Fever" is the sort of song that never grows old, and Lalah offers an appropriately steamy rendition that stands well next to the distinguished versions the song has had over the years. Then there's "For All We Know," a showcase that will leave no doubt that Ms. Hathaway was born to sing jazz. In fact, her work on the project is what carries the album from the realm of promising to the status of Listening Treasure...five years after her last solo project, hearing her smoky, one-of-a-kind voice return to a well-deserved spotlight is like opening a window after a long Winter and finding a warm, refreshing Spring.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By tommyd on November 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a typical example of not listening to the critics. Does this CD break any new ground? No. Is it somewhat formulatic? Yes. Is Joe Sample's playing akin to noodling? Yes. Does any of this matter? NO! This is a great CD. The songs are very tasteful - very romantic. Plus, and what Amazon misses, is that Lalah Hathaway is the daughter of the great Donny Hathaway, whose brilliant career ended prematurely when he committed suicide in 1979. She may not be the talent he was, but you have to give her a little break just because of who she is. So......light the fire, break open a bottle of wine for you and your partner, and play this CD. You will enjoy it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms. YoMo on May 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Joe Sample and Lalah Hathaway deliver a resounding one-two punch that will knock you out! The music is wonderful. Obviously, the highlight of this CD is the beautiful, rich voice of Ms. Hathaway, who is a credit to her late father, Mr. Don Hathaway. When Your Life Was Low and When Your World Turns Blue are my favorites. I am a huge Randy Crawford fan and don't like it when anyone re-does her work, but I truely enjoyed their rendition of Street Life as well. This CD is hypnotic and beautiful. I have listened to it from beginning to end a number of times and haven't tired of it yet.
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