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The Jazz 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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Great Band, Great Musicians, Great Individuals, Great MUSIC...Grea t Ideas....PEA C E
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pmolignano
I remember them when I was a kid. I recall thinking then they were more than a Combo, they were a Band, and played real jazz. They weren't consistent; lost track of them after a while. The Messengers had the floor.
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While in the USAF had this album, brings back memories.
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t_stout0
I agree with the two other posts about Scratch. I ran the needle thru my LP copy and am looking for another. Wotta album!!!
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Crusin' with the top down on a summer day back then ,yea baby !
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rickharris08 1 5 4 9
There no other Jazz that they play that has the begining, middle and an end...Like a well writen book
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Pass the Plate, Southern Comfort...so m e of the most soulful music ever. These guys are top-notch.
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Grew uo listening to the jazz crusaders talk that talk was a favorite the memories my mom and dad I am 59 now thanks
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Just give me a scotch and relax.
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S/O to wilton my humble friend! Still plays great music and always there to support my family.
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mooyoo.77
the late 1960`s & seventies they sure nuff were the bomb what a great group,small with a big sound
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WOW they the BOMB!
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Bi
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Detroit jazz loved big sol, loved those light house albans of the 60's.
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Scratch Daddy!!!!!!! ! !
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I'm a Sax player. Grew up to the Texas Twister Wilton Felder. Been playing 47 years and still wish I could sound like that.
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camarillovc
please play rhapsody & blues
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Yall don't understand about how historically gd and diversified the music scene is in Houston! The Crusaders are brightly shining star that comes from a galaxy full of em' from Htown!
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winebottleco n c e p t s
Carlos my pops. Love the conga on this tune.
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please play scratch
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just one of the jazz specialist of our time. right out the army i met them
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These brothers are the real deal when it comes too jazz music.
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Saw them @ the Jacksonville Jazz Fest this summer...sti l l puttin it down!!
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ghunter15
Please Play So Far Away
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magayumbi
PLEASE PLAY SOMETHING FROM THE SECOND CRUSADE.
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What about 'Southern Nights"?
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matkin5378
I still own a copy of Freedom Sound in high fidelty 33 1/3 they still sound GREAT!!
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dawsont14
Awesome, haven't heard in years.
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Looking for "The Ballad of Joe Louis"
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great to hear this
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Anyone doing the Beatles justice in a true jazz style deserves their props. "Eleanor Rigby"
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I LOVE FREE AS THE WIND
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I agree with jchjwh, these guys never got there rightfull recognition.
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These guys were on fire back in the day. I thought they would become the West Coast answer to Art Blakey and the Messengers. Yea, the "Young Rabbits"
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How do you not have the quintisentia l Crusaders' album "Scratch" not listed?
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The drummer is Stix Hooper.
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The double album "The 2nd Crusade" is by far one of the finist recordings you will ever want to hear.
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who is the drummer in the jazz crusaders ? have you heard the song " boopie " on at the lighthouse ? wow
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I love them I've been listning to them play for years. I also love my station.
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jchjwh
One of the top 3 Jazz groups of all time, but never got the recognition that they rightfully deserved

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