I’m all sampled up, ready to kick a little knowledge to you. All of these samples are ones that I found that I have by accident. Just while listening to the album, I just heard something familiar, and it only took a minute of research to find out why. I’m starting things with a man whose very name is what were here to talk about.
A while back, my aunt gave me her record collection, and sometimes I go through it looking for people I know very little to nothing about. I ran up on Joe Sample. Ok, founder of the Jazz Crusaders, hard-bop pianist…I got nothing after that. Especially of his solo work. With 3 albums to pick from, I grabbed Rainbow Seeker first. The title cut was first, a funky fusion cut. Then up next was In All My Wildest Dreams, and I immediately know it was bit by De La Soul for De La Soul is Dead. This is that “De La slow” cut that the WRMS DJ dedicates a song to the Bitties. It’s a nice, smoked out cut, made for the heads out there.
Butkus was Rocky’s bulldog. Personally, I’m with Eddie Murphy on Rocky. He still lost the fight, there are no moral victories in boxing. But that soundtrack? Bill Conti is the shit! This album has at least 57 samples to its credit, with the best being the reunited Black Star for Talib Kweli‘s Supreme Supreme. The sample is barely chopped, that’s how nice it is.
Grant Green is another king of samples, so the surprise wasn’t that I found one on The Final Comedown (which is a soundtrack, by the way), but that it was for Black Ego off of Digable Planets‘ severely underrated Blowout Comb.
And if you can find The Rubaiyat of Dorothy, snatch that up. Anywhere you drop the needle you have sample. Dorothy Ashby.s music is always so…lush is the word.Lush without having that smooth jazz kind of feeling to it. lt’s just music to dig to. That’s what l imagine Flying Lotus doing while listening to For Some We Loved.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
ln All My Wildest Dreams- Joe Sample
Butkus- Bill Cont
Luannas’ Theme- Grant Green
For Some We Loved- Dorthy Ashby