Joe Sample: The Sidewinder
Joe Sample and the Soul Committee
Did You Feel That? (Warner Bros. 9 45729-2)
Joel Peskin (tenor sax), Arthur Adams, Michael Landau (guitar); ‘Ready’ Freddie Washington (bass).
Composed by Lee Morgan.
Recorded: Los Angeles, 1994
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
The 1994 Northridge earthquake so unsettled Joe Sample that he temporarily shelved his smooth jazz ministrations in favor of a full-frontal funk foray on an album titled, appropriately, Did You Feel That? Here he shakes up Lee Morgan's churning 1963 Blue Note classic "The Sidewinder" just enough to rattle dishes without breaking anything. Sample's soul by committee registers a 7.0 on the funk Richter scale. Granted, remakes are almost never as good as the original. But sometimes they're fun in their own right. Here's a case in point. First listen to Lee. Then sample Joe. You will feel that.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz