Joe Sample

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Joseph Leslie "Joe" Sample (February 1, 1939 – September 12, 2014) was an American pianist, keyboard player, and composer. He was one of the founding members of the Jazz Crusaders, the band which became simply the Crusaders in 1971, and remained a part of the group until its final album in 1991 (not including the 2003 reunion album Rural Renewal).

Beginning in the 1970s, he enjoyed a successful solo career and guested on many recordings by other performers and groups, including Miles Davis, George Benson, Jimmy Witherspoon, B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, and the Supremes. Sample incorporated jazz, gospel, blues, Latin, and classical forms into his music.

On September 12, 2014, Sample died in Houston, Texas, of mesothelioma at age 75.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Rainbow Seeker Joe Sample 3
1979 Carmel Joe Sample 2
1981 Swing Street Cafe Joe Sample & David T. Walker 1
1981 Voices in the Rain Joe Sample 3
1983 The Hunter Joe Sample 1
1985 Oasis Joe Sample 1
1987 Roles Joe Sample 1
1989 Spellbound Joe Sample 1
1990 Ashes to Ashes Joe Sample 4 1
1995 Invitation Joe Sample 1
1996 Old Places, Old Faces Joe Sample 1
1997 Sample This Joe Sample 1
1999 The Song Lives On Joe Sample featuring Lalah Hathaway 1
2002 The Pecan Tree Joe Sample 1
2004 Soul Shadows Joe Sample 1
2005 Creole Love Call Nils Landgren & Joe Sample 1
2006 Feeling Good Randy Crawford & Joe Sample 1
2006 Introducing Joe Sample Joe Sample 1
2008 No Regrets Randy Crawford & Joe Sample 1
2012 Children of the Sun Joe Sample & NDR Bigband 1
2015 Christmas With Friends India.Arie & Joe Sample 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Collection Joe Sample 2
1998 The Best of Joe Sample Joe Sample 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Legends live at Montreux 1997 Eric Clapton, Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample, David Sanborn 1
2012 Live Randy Crawford, Joe Sample with Steve Gadd & Nicklas Sample 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 The Ghetto / El Barrio George Benson feat. Joe Sample 1

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