Joe Sample & Lalah Hathaway: Fever
Joe Sample (piano, keyboards)
The Song Lives On (GRD 9956)
Jay Anderson (bass), Walfredo Reyes, Jr. (drums), Michael Thompson (electric guitar), Lenny Castro (percussion).
Recorded: No date given (CD released in 1999)
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
On their collaboration album The Song Lives On, pianist Joe Sample and singer Lalah Hathaway (daughter of soul great Donny Hathaway) take on “Fever,” immortalized by Peggy Lee. Where Lee infused the song with a sultry purr, Sample and Hathaway give it a bit more kick; they pick up the tempo slightly while still retaining the song’s sensuous core. The husky-voiced Hathaway offers a seductive vocal of her own, while Kirk Whalum provides plaintive sax punctuation. A captivating take on an indelible standard.
Reviewer: Lucy Tauss