Ashes to Ashes

Joe Sample

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Ashes to Ashes Review

by Scott Yanow

Joe Sample's recordings throughout much of his career have been consistent and quite interchangeable. Backed by a semi-metronomic if usually grooving rhythm section, Sample's acoustic piano on this Warner Bros. CD is almost always in the lead, playing easy listening jazz-pop; nothing memorable or unique occurs. The lightweight melodies are quite easy to take (serving as excellent background music), but it is a pity that Joe Sample has often seemed satisfied to stay at this unimaginative level, emulating Ramsey Lewis.

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