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 .



Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Blue Note Plays Burt Bacharach Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 The Latin Kick Various Artists 1
1995 Blue ’60s: Blue Note Strikes a Radical Chord Various Artists 1
1995 Motown Milestones in Music Various Artists 1
1997 Blue Bacharach: A Cooler Shaker Various Artists 1
1998 Blue Juice, Volume 2: Squeeze Various Artists 1
1998 Blue Pacific Funk (Wailin' on the West Coast) Various Artists 4 1
1999 Afro Blue, Volume 2: The Roots and Rhythms of Jazz Various Artists 1
2000 Latino Blue Various Artists 2
2001 The Blue Series Sampler: Celebrating 10 Years of Blue Note Various Artists 2
2001 Kind of Blue Various Artists 1
2002 Home Cookin’: Infectious Grooves Steamed by Blue Note Various Artists 2
2004 The Best Latin Jazz Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 1
2004 Funky Jazz, Volume 2: Boogie Nights Various Artists 1
2004 Funky Jazz, Volume 4: Dallo swing al groove Various Artists 1
2005 Blue Note: A Story of Jazz, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2006 The Kings of Jazz Various Artists 2
2006 Best Jazz 100 Various Artists 1
2006 100 Meisterwerke des Jazz Various Artists 1
2007 Trip Tease, Volume 1: Fine Moments from the Blue Note Catalogue Various Artists 2
2008 The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 10: 1970 Various Artists 1
2008 Blue Note Plays Bossa Nova Various Artists 1
2010 Best Jazz 50 Various Artists 1
2012 Trip Tease, Volume 3: More Fine Moments from the Blue Note and Capitol Catalogue Various Artists 1
2013 Beginners Guide To Latin Jazz Various Artists 1
2015 Jazz Playlist: Soul Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 A Warm Blue Note Session: Blue Note's Sidetracks, Volume 2 Buscemi 1

Album + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Blue Note Trip, Volume 6: Somethin’ Old / Somethin’ Blue Maestro 3

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 When We Were Kings Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Lennon & McCartney Jazz Collection Various Artists 1

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