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The Crusaders

Back in 1954, Houston pianist Joe Sample teamed up with high school friends tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder and drummer Stix Hooper to form the Swingsters. Within a short time, they were joined by trombonist Wayne Henderson, flutist Hubert Laws, and bassist Henry Wilson and the group became the Modern Jazz Sextet. With the move of Sample, Felder, Hooper, and Henderson to Los Angeles in 1960, the band (a quintet with the bass spot constantly changing) took on the name of the Jazz Crusaders. The following year they made their first recordings for Pacific Jazz and throughout the 1960s the group was a popular attraction, mixing together R&B and Memphis soul elements with hard bop; its trombone/tenor frontline became a trademark. By 1971, when all of the musicians were also busy with their own projects, it was decided to call the group simply the Crusaders so it would not be restricted to only playing jazz. After a few excellent albums during the early part of the decade (with guitarist Larry Carlton a strong asset), the group began to decline in quality. In 1975, the band's sound radically changed when Henderson departed to become a full-time producer. 1979's "Street Life" was a hit, but also a last hurrah. With Hooper's decision to leave in 1983, the group no longer sounded like the Crusaders and gradually disbanded. In the mid-'90s, Henderson and Felder had a reunion as the Crusaders but in reality only Joe Sample has had a strong solo career. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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YES!!!!! Creepin..... . easing into this weekend... THE CRUSADERS!!! !
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A toast to Joe Sample! Awesome Crusader.
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michael_deca u s e m a k e r
They have great music.
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I am so sad to learn that Joe Sample is no longer here. However, so fortunate to have enjoyed them live esp. with Randi Crawford while in college. Joe you are the best!!
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Rip Joe sample
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prmoore777
My Joe loved this song...Joe, miss you...
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Best group ever
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The AMAZING Crusaders!!! Three supremely talented musicians who infused Jazz with a sound all their own..... I had the privilege to hear them perform live and then recently to see Mr. Joe Sample perform solo he became as one with those eighty-eight keys..... R.I.P.
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the CURSADERS are the Beatels of JAZZ
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frontrunners to fusion, originators of smooth jazz, the (jazz) Crusaders created a lifetime of listening pleasure and enjoyment. RIP Joe Sample & Wayne Henderson. Continue on Stix & Wilton. Much Love...
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The Crusaders, and one timeless track after another; always a 'can't sit still' joy, and most especially with Diva Randy Crawford in 1979's "Street Life!" Love you all, and thank you for the precious collection, your legacy ya'll left . . .
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The Crusaders, a lifetime favorite; one 'can't sit still'
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There will never be another crew like the crusaders,pe r i o d
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The bio did not give them the credit they deserve. They brought Jazz to so many folk who would have otherwise never listen. I opened the door to Jazz for many of my friends by exposing them initially to the Crusaders. Three of my favorites: Mozart, Muddy Waters and the Crusaders.
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honeybee221
This bio is so dismissive of a great group; The Crusaders were wonderful. They were one of the first jazz crossovers into pop next to Ray Charles. They are true heroes of Jazz history.
Why is there no credit in the bio for the vocalist?... . . . R a n d y Crawford; one of the best female voices in jazz EVER!
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I felt in love ... Enough said.
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Big part of the sound track for house parties in high school :-)

Still love them and they bring back cool paces and faces!
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Perfect. Couldn't ask for better.
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Wow
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You just don't hear this anymore.
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An old school funky jazz cut is what this is, very seasoned like a good stew, you dig.
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destiny.mcda d e
I had to stop working and check out who was jammin! Blown away!
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Nobody sounds like the CRUSADERS. Nobody.....
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Heaven is sounding great right now! Thank you Mr. Sample for making life better on earth.
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R.I.P Joe Sample. Thanks for the music and great memories!
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RIP Mr. Joe Sample
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Loved them in high school on the late '70s. Love them now. Their sound takes me back!!
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loved the band and the musicians Keep that same old feeling
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drumboy57
I would say Carlton has had a very strong career.
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Thanks for the memories, Greatest group ever.
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Rodrichmond been get n down w/the crusaders,sa w them record scratch at the roxey Houston Tx always top shelf
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cyn48jac
always smooth
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Damn, im diggin it n groovin hard!!!
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Wilton Felder soo underrated and , Joe Sample ...what can you say .... Randy Crawford ,pure excellence !
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One tight great soulful sounding band. ..THE BEST!!!
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This will make you dance ole Skool lov it lov it
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The first time I heard the Crusaders in1968 I was 18 and I love them then
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One of the all time best groups, mixing jazz, funk & R&B at a level others attempted to achieve. Listening to the Crusaders always left you feeling better than when you started.
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Wilton Felder was in constant demand as a session player for decades past, and during his reign with the Crusaders. Much of his contracted work has him strumming the Bass. Larry Carlton became one of the THE most sought after jazz guitarists (incl. work with Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan), producing some excellent solo work as well.
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The longing for something more than pure Jazz, R&B, Blues was nurtured in my soul starting with the Crusaders and moving along with Ronnie Laws, David Sanborn, George Benson, Bob James and more but, definitely started with The Crusaders.
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Loved the band from the first moment I heard them!!!
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Pure Funk! Ever hear Wayne play Brahm's Lullaby? It would bring tears to your eyes. A much underrated band. Felder's playing is like an old pair funky shoes...Fit' s so well!
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Yeah I feel it. Take U bake to the good old days, like today!!!! ;-)
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Born and raised on 60's & 70's FM Radio Rock but always had a special spot for the Crusaders- Under-rated cross over appeal here best listened to on old school vinyl.
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This represents Htown and our soul swing and sound to the fullest. Its not Memphis Soul it's Texas Soul RnB with Funk Blues and Hard Bop that these masters did so equally well
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So many creative forces came out of this compilation! ! !
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My days watching movies about pimps and players in the real street game..The name of game is to be sold not told.
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The Crusaders , FireIsland N.Y.summer of 1970 something... . d o e s n t get much better then that.
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It only gets better with time, sometimes you are not sure whether it is new or old because that what Jazz is CRSJR 13.
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sweetwaterpr o d i n c
Enjoying those moments only the best in jazz can give.
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