A Little Voodoo Jazz From Joe Sample


Joe Sample, Jazz pianist and composer from Houston, Texas, passed away last September, and I forgot to honor him at the time. But I’ve been missing his music, so I’m posting his best piano jazz from The Pecan Tree disk tonight. It’s a song entitled “X Marks the Spot,” which is a marvelous spooky little tribute to the unique practice of some visitors to the Saint Louis Cemetery #1 on Basin Street in old New Orleans. Despite being cleaned regularly, the family crypt believed to contain the remains of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau is marked with X symbols, frequently groups of three Xs, by people wanting favors from Marie’s spirit. Tradition holds that if the wish is granted, the lucky recipient is obligated to return and circle their X and leave a gift for Marie. Of course, almost none of the Xs are circled, so you’d think the local voodoo clowns would give up on this after 150 years or so of not being answered. I guess weird traditions are hard to kill. But thankfully, Joe Sample’s music will definitely go on forever.

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About GruntOfMonteCristo

Fearless and Devout Catholic Christian First, Loving Husband and Father Second, Pissed-Off Patriot Third, Rocket Engineer Dork Last.
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