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Joe Sample Gets Rootsy on Next CD

Contemporary jazz crusader Joe Sample (pictured) will release his first solo piano album, Soul Shadows on October 14 via Verve/PRA. Not the smooth effort Sample fans might expect, Shadows is a 12-song set of traditional jazz tunes played solely on acoustic piano. Songs on the new album include Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” “Ellington’s “I Got it Bad and That Ain’t Good” and “Jelly Roll Morton’s “Shreveport Stomp.”

Fort Sample, the album is a long-overdue payment on the musical debt he feels he owes James Reese Europe, leader of the World War I-era 269th Regimental Band.

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