The Crusaders' Finest Hour

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2000
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 731454376228
  • Catalog Number: 543762
  • Sales rank: 45,758

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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 Jr. 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
Eric Neuser Mastering
John Wriggle Producer
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