The blue moon is the exception. A beautiful, irregular surprise, namely the third full moon in a season, it should exceptionally be four full moons. This fits perfectly on these intoxicating atmosphere full of blues and nightshade, the "No Regrets" creates, the new album by American soul and jazz superstars Randy Crawford and Joe Sample. Already the cover painting exudes this sensual twilight. And also flashes in the music and sparkles in all its glory. An overwhelming elegance and legendary earthiness interpret the soul singer from Macon, Georgia, and the legendary pianist and founder of the "Crusaders" from Houston, Texas, on this album some of their favorite songs from the American jazz, soul and pop of the 20th century. Lively and easy on the surface, deep and in the nucleus, save those versed traditionalists twelve almost forgotten musical gems across in our time. Who knew the song before, will rejoice over these fresh versions. Who has never seen before to hear, even gets to the element of surprise. "No Regrets" is indeed worthy successor of "Feeling Good", the joint selling album of the two from last year, and in a sense, a legacy of "Street Life", the 1979 hit by Randy Crawford with Joes "Crusaders" but this uniquely beautiful - like the blue moon.
"I am very proud of this album," says Randy Crawford. "We have created a good balance between ballads and uptempo numbers, between love and sadness, between Jazz, Blues and Soul The music acts like a good massage -.. So good it is to hear them" This is certainly partly due to the outstanding performance of the participating musicians, drummer Steve Gadd About bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Anthony Wilson and the Ray Parker Jr. to Gary Grant on trumpet and Dan Higgins on tenor saxophone. And certainly 'in 1976, "Album of the Year", About Miles Davis also extend to the production of the Grammy-kissed Tommy LiPuma whose masterpieces by George Benson's "Breezin"' "Tutu" to albums by Diana Krall or the Crusaders. "Joe (Sample) and I have a lot in common," says the producer. "We've known for decades, like the same music, the same musicians. When we got together to pick the songs for this production, was more like a" Reunion "as a musical reunion among friends." Do you know here the ? What do you think of this version? Such opportunities, this fun alive and the music, are the reason why we have all these things love so much. "
The 72-year-old veteran producer and the 69-year-old piano virtuoso found in the well a generation younger Randy Crawford a passionate campaigner. "I only knew a few of the songs," admits the singer to. "But I thought it was good that I could approach this music fresh without being biased." The program of "No Regrets" presents Jazz from the repertoire of Billie Holiday (which composed by Irving Gordon "Me, Myself, And I") and Dinah Washington (her classic Torch Song "This Bitter Earth"). These earthy Blue numbers of Memphis Slim (although the Crawford / sample version of "Everyday I Have The Blues" more oriented to a version of Joe Williams with the Count Basie Orchestra) and Aretha Franklin ( "Today I Sing The Blues"). Of course earthy Soul, about the written by Dennis Morgan "Do not Put All Your Dreams In One Basket", a big hit for Ray Charles, Randy Newman song "Just One Smile", the Joe and Tommy on a album of Dusty Springfield found, Sarah McLachlan "In The Arms of An Angel" and chip Taylor's "Angel of The Morning". In the 50th anniversary of the legendary Stax label may not be missing a few hits of Southern Soul. Since coming "Respect Yourself", a big hit of the Staple Singers, "Starting All Over Again" by Mel Tim and the great "Lead Me On" by Bobby "blue" Bland into play.
"I now live for some time again in my hometown of Houston, Texas," says Joe Sample. "At the weekend I turn the knob on the radio to the right side, to where all the black stations are. When I did the first time, I was completely overwhelmed by the quality of the singers, the musicians. I can hear that our commercial music is coming from right there and can be traced back all clear.. This plaintive element Moanin 'in gospel and blues comes as the music from the spiritual music of West Africa, brought by the slaves When I look at the beginnings of jazz listening , to Louis Armstrong, then everything is based on the Moanin '. This Moanin' comes out of the church. His secular form is the Blues. " That the Blues now almost threatened with extinction and hardly seems to play a role in many young jazz musicians, Joe Sample finds sad to annoying. And he does something about it, together with Randy Crawford. Not only by the constant music, the incredible live experience that the two "Blues Traveler" collected over the last, very active decades. Especially with this new album because all the songs of "No Regrets" based in the blues. That it why not just moping, understood: The best cure for the blues is the blues. This blue moon, Randy Crawford and Joe Sample protect and escort since the beginning of their respective careers, is also under a lucky star: "No Regrets" is an audible joy in every season.
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