Crusaders' Finest Hour

The Crusaders' Finest Hour

by The Crusaders
     
 

The Crusaders were pioneers. During the 1970s -- the period from which most of this collection is culled -- the Crusaders were refining a sparkling mix of funk, jazz and pop that would set the scene for much of the instrumental pop music heard on FM radio today. The secret to their success was the band's expert musicianship. Staring out as a jazz ensemble in the '60s,…  See more details below

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The Crusaders were pioneers. During the 1970s -- the period from which most of this collection is culled -- the Crusaders were refining a sparkling mix of funk, jazz and pop that would set the scene for much of the instrumental pop music heard on FM radio today. The secret to their success was the band's expert musicianship. Staring out as a jazz ensemble in the '60s, the band metamorphosed into a groove band while maintaining the same high musical standards. Keyboardist Joe Sample, trombonist Wayne Henderson, saxophonist and bassist Wilton Felder, and drummer Stix Hooper could cut it anyway they wanted it -- jazzy, funky, or anything in between. Guest appearances from guitarist Larry Carlton and others, including B. B. King ("Last Call") and Randy Crawford ("Street Life") add extra touches of sass to this well-chosen set.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
After a career that spanned the '60s with a number of releases on Pacific Jazz records as the Jazz Crusaders, the beginning of the '70s found the band dropping the jazz moniker from their name and moving toward the more commercially accessible pop/R&B crossover audience. These nine selections are taken from seven albums originally released on the Blue Thumb and MCA labels recorded between 1971 and 1979 with a live cut featuring B.B. King from 1981. The Crusaders have a lot of material still available featuring both incarnations with this compilation containing a worthy sample from the second half of their career. For a closer inspection of the earlier Jazz Crusaders, seek out Live at the Lighthouse 66 on Pacific Jazz.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2000
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0731454376228
catalogNumber:
543762
Rank:
30080

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Performance Credits

Crusaders   Primary Artist
Wayne Henderson   Trombone
Randy Crawford   Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Jerome Richardson   Alto Saxophone
Joe Sample   Strings,Keyboards
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Chuck Rainey   Electric Bass
Arthur Adams   Guitar
Roland Bautista   Guitar
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
David T. Walker   Guitar
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Billy Rogers   Guitar
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Robert Bryant   Tenor Saxophone
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Wilton Felder   Electric Bass,Saxophone
Stix Hooper   Percussion,Drums
Josie James   Vocals
James Jamerson   Electric Bass
B.B. King   Guitar
Efraim Logreira   Percussion
Maurice Spears   Bass Trombone
Sid Garris   Conductor
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Joe Sample   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Wilton Felder   Producer
Stix Hooper   Producer
Peter Keepnews   Notes Editing
Stewart Levine   Producer
Zan Stewart   Liner Notes,Sequencers
Tom Greenwood   Producer,Research Coordination
Carlos Kase   Producer,Research Coordination
John Wriggle   Producer

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