Joe Sample and Randy Crawford Celebrate 33 Years of Magical Music Making With Their Soul-Slanted Second Duo CD, NO REGRETS
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Off and on through the years, these soul mates have made sweet music together – from the now classic “Street Life” which Randy sang with Joe’s group The Crusaders to Randy’s own album “Now We May Begin,” for which Joe was a co-producer. These stellar guest appearances eventually led to the inevitable: a duo project as co-headliners.
It’s the much anticipated follow-up to their first such collection in 2006, Grammy nominated “Feeling Good,” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and paved the way for a successful string of tours around the world. “No Regrets” promises to lean in more of a soulful direction, featuring both remakes of R&B classics such as Aretha Franklin’s “Today I Sing The Blues” and The Staple Singers’ “Respect Yourself” – plus other songs from across the eras, done in a jazzy-soul style such as the legendary Edith Piaf chestnut “No Regrets” to contemporary pop singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.”
Sample states, “Randy and I wanted to keep this recording on more of the rhythm and blues side. And, as always, we wanted to pick songs that nobody else records.”
The result is a collection of music that sets and sustains a laidback late night groove – a time and space where the listener can do just that – relax and really listen to Joe and Randy’s custom made takes on everything from blues great Bobby Blue Bland’s “Lead Me On” to Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Randy Newman’s poignant “Just One Smile” – the latter of which significantly impressed Mr. Newman who told his old friend Mr. LiPuma personally.
This fantastically laid foundation brings out the very best in Miss
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