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5.0 out of 5 stars Sunday Times Review
Extraordinary how little Randy Crawford's voice has changed in the three decades since the glossy rhythms of Street Life dominated the charts. Back again, on tour with the Crusaders pianist Joe Sample, she has been digging deeper into the jazz tradition. The urbane, uptown blues ballads of the late, great Charles Brown provide a role model this time, as her old friend...
Published on 14 Dec. 2008 by Music Fan

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3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful when ordering - the Bonus track is not on the CD here
I ordered this item thinking I had bought it with the bonus track 'Choices' on, as track 13, from CD Imports, one of the sellers linked to the bonus edition. Please note the bonus track is only available on the Japanese issue version of this CD and NOT on any other issue linked to the special release on Amazon. CD Imports have offered a refund but only if the item was...
Published on 7 Jan. 2009 by Glen H. Knott


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunday Times Review, 14 Dec. 2008
This review is from: RANDY CRAWFORD AND JOE SAMPLE/NO REGRETS (Audio CD)
Extraordinary how little Randy Crawford's voice has changed in the three decades since the glossy rhythms of Street Life dominated the charts. Back again, on tour with the Crusaders pianist Joe Sample, she has been digging deeper into the jazz tradition. The urbane, uptown blues ballads of the late, great Charles Brown provide a role model this time, as her old friend Tommy LiPuma directs proceedings from the studio console. Given Crawford's sunny persona, she gets a surprising amount of mileage out of Every Day I Have the Blues and Respect Yourself, while the accompaniment is always direct and unfussy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful when ordering - the Bonus track is not on the CD here, 7 Jan. 2009
This review is from: RANDY CRAWFORD AND JOE SAMPLE/NO REGRETS (Audio CD)
I ordered this item thinking I had bought it with the bonus track 'Choices' on, as track 13, from CD Imports, one of the sellers linked to the bonus edition. Please note the bonus track is only available on the Japanese issue version of this CD and NOT on any other issue linked to the special release on Amazon. CD Imports have offered a refund but only if the item was unopened. They choose not respond about the bonus track. The 12-track version is brilliant nonetheless - pure listening heaven, perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Just be mindful about the bonus track edition and where you buy it from!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Randy Crawford & Joe Sample - The Secret Combination, 1 Jan. 2009
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Trenthamfolk (Staffordshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a fantastic album... Jazzy, smooth and soulful, perfect for any occasion... Crawford & Sample have found a winning formula here. As an added bonus upon receiving my CD I found out that it's Steve Gadd on drums... Amazing stuff. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb album, 28 April 2009
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D. Mowat (London UK) - See all my reviews
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For anybody that loves Randy and Joe...this is a must have album. Minimalist,mature, thoughtful songs beautifully crafted and recorded. A thoroughly enjoyable listen. Superb.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best, 19 Feb. 2009
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Not much to add to the title of this review. I felt that the music was very contained and lacked a little passion and feeling that she is so good at.Seemed like Randy and the musicians were just going through another day at the office.Sorry but maybe I expect too much from such a great songstress.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simply listen and enjoy..., 17 Feb. 2009
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Leonard Smouter "Lanny Smouter" (Brussels, Belgium) - See all my reviews
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Pure & mature...
Take a glass of wine, some French cheese, cigar if you care for a smoke (or nay other alternative) and simply listen...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixture, 10 Jun. 2014
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Mr. Martin Brown (Romsey UK) - See all my reviews
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Randy Crawford = 4 stars. She is not quite at her best.
Joe Sample = 3 stars. I'm not that impressed by his style.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No Regrets? - Sorry Randy and Joe, I have a few!, 14 Mar. 2012
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Graham Copland (Surrey, England) - See all my reviews
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With two such venerable musicians as Joe Sample and Randy Crawford on board, I was looking forward to listening to something quite special. I was sorely disappointed. The CD is a lack lustre, soul-less piece of work, and (regretably) the problem is with the singing. Randy Crawford does not appear to 'inhabit' the songs in any way. When she sings a lyric I find it hard to believe she means it. To be frank, it sounds more like a recording of an 'open mike' night than a thoughful and well-crafted performance, and whilst Joe Sample and the rest of the band deliver a neat and tidy performance, it is no more than that.

To add to the problems, the recording (or rather the mastering) is dire. The CD appears to have been mastered to suit those who listen to music on portable devices - in other words with compressed dynamic range and extended bass. On a reasonably good quality hifi it sounds excessively 'boomy', and lacks any of the natural presence you experience listening to better jazz or acoustic music CD's.

All in all - very disappointing. I am sure both Randy and Joe can do a lot better than this.
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