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Joe Sample: Solo Crusade

Joe Sample

Some of the key players in Joe Sample’s new release, Soul Shadows (Verve), are construction workers. The veteran keyboardist built a house in Houston last year, and one of the aims was to create a separate piano room. The house was finished in January, and to give it the acid test, Sample recorded two sessions of solo piano in March-the results are heard on Soul Shadows.

“The whole purpose of building it was to have a piano room that was isolated from the house,” said the pianist. “I’ve always wanted a piano room with a wonderful piano in it because I’ve always played late night.”

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