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Old Places Old Faces by Joe Sample

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002N5F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By P. Masuda on 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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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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By A Customer on September 30, 1999
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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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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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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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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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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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