Radio station Jazz FM is launching an in-house record label. Its first release, CDAJFM1, will be issued on March 15th. It is the first solo album “Living in the Moment” by Prince Sampson.
Prince Sampson, 49, London-born, moved to Guyana at the age of 8, returned at the start of the 198s. He is known mainly as a session guitarist, one of the guys who, according to the editor of guitarist “lay down the tracks, do the tours, and stoically get it right night after night.” Sampson has worked and toured and recorded with the Pasadenas, Alexander O’Neal, Joss Stone and a host of others.
It’s a very professionally produced laid-back CD with great sound, which will appeal to fans of George Benson. The songs with lyrics have a message, which is that music can be a good antidote to the stresses and the pace of modern life. He singsaboutthis in an appealing Donny Hathaway-ish voice, but I found the lyrics slightly on the cheesy side.
I did find that I enjoyed some very classy and well-recorded guitar playing on the instrumentals, particularly some fast picking in the intro and a nice reggae backbeat on “Part Finder.”
Sampson picks superb bassists: Orlando Le Fleming and Andy Hamill were known to me, but I shall definitely look out again for the name of Julian Crampton.
There are a few curious unresolved mysteries: one track starts with the unexpected sound of a record needle landing on an LP. There are mysterious album credits for both saxophonist Steve Williamson and the graffiti artist Banksy. One expects the latter to be everywhere, but elusive. But Williamson isn’t credited on any of the tracks.
An interview with Sampson is HERE .
His website is http://www.princesampson.com