Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Joe Sample - The Three w/ Ray Brown & Shelly Manne


The Three


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Vinyl rip & scans from East Wind EW-10001

Stickin' with ticklers of ivory caught on direct-to-disc format, here's the original East Wind pressing of this trio session headed up by the Jazz Crusader. Referred to as "a milestone" in his wiki, this is first of the three sets of takes from that night. The CD reissue also includes a second set but the third has yet to surface. I'll let AMG & DG take it from there...

AMG Review by Scott Yanow
This Japanese East Wind LP (which was made available domestically on the now-defunct Inner City label) features pianist Joe Sample, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne exploring five jazz standards plus Sample's "Funky Blues" in purely straight-ahead fashion. One of Joe Sample's finest sessions as a leader, this obscure outing is highlighted by his renditions of Oliver Nelson's "Yearnin'," "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Manha Do Carnaval."

Dusty Groove review
One of the most successful Japanese piano trio recordings of the 70s -- a super-session performed by a
a trio of Americans that includes Joe Sample on acoustic piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums! Given that Sample's best known during the era for his electric keys with the Crusaders (and on countless studio sessions), it's a real treat to hear him tickle the ivories in an acoustic way -- and a genuine surprise to hear how strong his work is in such a format.

Joe manages to swing the tunes with plenty of creative improvisation, but also keeps a strong focus on the groove too -- making for an album that's got some of the rhythmic flourishes of the best work of the Oscar Peterson trio in later years, but with some of the added freedoms of the Japanese scene
and a tight swinging sound that's very much in the soul jazz tradition of the LA scene that spawned all three players.

Joe Sample - Piano
Ray Brown - Bass
Shelly Manne - Drums

1 Yearnin'
2 On Green Dolphin Street
3 Satin Doll
4 Mañha de Carnaval
5 'Round About Midnight
6 Funky Blues

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leonardo said...

Woww.. I'm shocked thank you very much for yor nice sharing.Do you have Lennart Aberg - Partial Solar Eclipse album?If you have this album can you share with us?.Thank you in advance.

alex said...

many thanks for this great drop cheeba!
appreciated man!

cheeba said...

you're welcome guys! sorry leo, don't have that one.

Kosta said...

i love Joe Sample most in period 75-80 and had not a clue this lp existed...

cheeba said...

You're very welcome Kosta! I love that period of JS too and he plays very well in this trio. I had not seen this LP around much and only recently learned it was a Japanese release...hope you enjoy it!

Andy said...

Wicked stuff,thanks Cheeba