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The Jazz Crusaders were started in 1961 by Joe Sample (piano), Wilton Felder (tenor sax), Stix Hooper (drums), and Wayne Henderson (trombone). The group employed a number of bassists (and also a few guitarists) throughout the '60s. As the decade progressed the Jazz Crusaders moved from a more bop-oriented sound and began to incorporate more soul and R&B influences.

In 1971 the band shortened its name to The Crusaders, which made sense seeing as they were playing much more funk than jazz. The core group of Sample, Felder, Hooper, and Henderson remained and they added guitarists Larry Carlton and bassist Robert "Pops" Popwell. Henderson left the Crusaders in 1975, with Hooper leaving in 1983.

Henderson subsequently revived the "Jazz Crusaders" moniker (over Sample's objections) for 1995's Happy Again, and was joined by Wilton Felder and Larry Carlton. This new group (officially known as "Wayne Henderson's Jazz Crusaders") released a series of recordings in the late 1990s, but the music bore little resemblance to the acoustic, hard bop style of the original group. In 2003, Sample, Felder, and Hooper revived The Crusaders.

Annotation last modified on 2009-02-22 19:16 UTC.
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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1961 Freedom Sound The Jazz Crusaders 3
1962 Lookin' Ahead The Jazz Crusaders 1
1963 Tough Talk The Jazz Crusaders 1
1964 Heat Wave The Jazz Crusaders 1
1964 Jazz Waltz Les McCann & The Jazz Crusaders 1
1964 Stretchin' Out The Jazz Crusaders 1
1965 Chile Con Soul The Jazz Crusaders 2
1965 The Thing The Jazz Crusaders 1
1966 Talk That Talk The Jazz Crusaders 1
1967 Uh Huh The Jazz Crusaders 2
1968 Powerhouse The Jazz Crusaders 1
1970 Old Socks New Shoes - New Socks Old Shoes The Jazz Crusaders 2
1970 Give Peace a Chance The Jazz Crusaders 1
1995 Happy Again The Jazz Crusaders 1
1996 Louisiana Hot Sauce The Jazz Crusaders 1
1998 Break'n Da Rulz! The Jazz Crusaders 1
2003 Soul Axess The Jazz Crusaders 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 The Best of... Compilation The Jazz Crusaders 1
2005 The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions Compilation The Jazz Crusaders 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1968 Lighthouse '68 Live The Jazz Crusaders 2
1969 Lighthouse '69 Live The Jazz Crusaders 1
1996 Live at the Lighthouse '66 Live The Jazz Crusaders 1
2005 The Festival Album Live The Jazz Crusaders 1
2006 At the Lighthouse Live The Jazz Crusaders 1
2006 Alive in South Africa Live The Jazz Crusaders 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1962 Sinnin' Sam The Jazz Crusaders 1
1964 Bluesette Les McCann & The Jazz Crusaders 1
1970 Way Back Home / Jackson! The Jazz Crusaders 1

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