Rainbow Seeker

Rainbow Seeker

by Joe SampleJoe Sample


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Back in 1978 when this set was recorded, fusion (the mixture of jazz improvisation with rock rhythms) was declining. Keyboardist Joe Sample, best-known for his work with the Crusaders, was in the process of being one of the founders of "contemporary jazz," an idiom that has since solidified into smooth jazz. Sample emphasized catchy melodies, light funk rhythms, appealing chord changes and a pop sensibility. For this accessible release, Sample is joined by the late legendary guitarist Billy Rogers, bassist Pops Popwell, his old Crusaders drummer Stix Hooper, a horn section and several guest guitarists. All eight tunes (which include "Fly with the Wings of Love" and "Islands in the Rain") are by the leader, who is heard throughout in melodic form, setting up a variety of light grooves that serve as superior background music.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/1996
Label: Blue Thumb
UPC: 0011105070324
catalogNumber: 703
Rank: 63753

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Sample   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
David T. Walker   Guitar
Billy Rogers   Bass,Guitar
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Robert Bryant   Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Jay DaVersa   Trumpet
Barry Finnerty   Guitar
William Green   Flute,Wind
Marlo Henderson   Guitar
Stix Hooper   Percussion,Drums
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Ray Parker   Guitar
Dean Parks   Guitar
Sid Sharp   Strings
Ernie Watts   Saxophone,Wind
Fred Jackson   Saxophone
Freddy Johnson   Saxophone
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass

Technical Credits

Joe Sample   Producer
Wilton Felder   Producer
Stix Hooper   Producer

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