Sample Sunday

Published on November 25th, 2012 | by Queso


Sample Sunday: Joe Chambers – “Mind Rain”

I know you’re all tuckered out, whether from Black Friday hustling or leftover turkey itis. So, I figured I’d not overwhelm you and keep it simple with a classic Joe Chambers sample. Oh yeah…welcome to Sample Sunday.

The Sample

Today’s sample comes from Joe Chambers’ “Mind Rain.” Joe Chambers is an American jazz composer, pianist, and drummer from Pennsylvania. Born near Philadelphia, Chambers spent a year at Philadelphia Conservatory before going on to perform with such acts as Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. His first session was with Freddie Hubbard’s Breaking Point album.

“Mind Rain” is from Joe Chamber’s 1977 album, Double Exposure. Double Exposure is an album of keyboard duets between Joe Chambers and Larry Young, the latter an American Jazz organist and pianist.

The Flip

Play the track above and around 1:15, I’m sure every Hip-Hop fan will know the famous sample. DJ Premier sampled this track for what is universally known as a classic on a classic album. You can hear the piano on Nas’ “N.Y. State of Mind” from his 1994 debut album, Illmatic.

Illmatic‘s production was handled by such legends as Large Professor, Q-Tip, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock. Upon it’s release on April 19, 1994, Illmatic debut at number 12 on Billboard. Although the singles generated little buzz on the charts, the album went on to be certified gold on January 17, 1996 and in 2001, earned platinum certification.

Word on the street is that Nas attributes Kool G Rap’s “Streets of New York” as an influence for “N.Y. State of Mind.” Kool G Rap later sampled “N.Y. State of Mind” on the album 4,5,6‘s title track and feature Nas on another track.

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