Joe Sample: The Sidewinder


The Sidewinder


Joe Sample and the Soul Committee


Did You Feel That? (Warner Bros. 9 45729-2)

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Joe Sample (keyboards), Oscar Brashear (trumpet), Steve Gadd (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion),

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

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