The Crusaders (US jazz group)

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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.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Pass the Plate The Crusaders 5 4
1972 Crusaders 1 The Crusaders 2
1972 Hollywood The Crusaders 3
1973 The 2nd Crusade The Crusaders 3
1973 Unsung Heroes The Crusaders 1
1974 Southern Comfort The Crusaders 2
1975 Chain Reaction The Crusaders 3
1976 Those Southern Knights The Crusaders 3
1977 Free as the Wind The Crusaders 2
1978 Images The Crusaders 2
1979 Street Life The Crusaders 6
1980 Rhapsody and Blues The Crusaders 3
1981 Standing Tall The Crusaders 1
1984 Ghetto Blaster The Crusaders 1
1986 The Good and Bad Times The Crusaders 1
1988 Life in the Modern World The Crusaders 1
1991 Healing the Wounds The Crusaders 2
1995 The Greatest Crusade The Crusaders 1
2003 Rural Renewal The Crusaders 2
Live in Japan 2003 The Crusaders 1
Soul Shadows The Crusaders 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 At Their Best The Crusaders 1
1987 Vocal Album The Crusaders 3
1992 The Golden Years The Crusaders 1
1994 The Crusaders and Beyond... The Crusaders 1
1995 The Ultimate The Crusaders 1
1998 Priceless Jazz Collection The Crusaders 1
2000 The Crusaders' Finest Hour The Crusaders 2
2000 The Best of the Crusaders The Crusaders 1
2003 Groove Crusade The Crusaders 1
2007 Gold The Crusaders 1
16 Original World Hits - Golden Gate Collection Crusaders 1
Best The Crusaders 1
Chain Reaction / Those Southern Knights The Crusaders 1
The Ultimate Collection The Crusaders 1
Way Back Home The Crusaders 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Scratch The Crusaders 3
1982 Royal Jam The Crusaders with B.B. King and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3
1993 Live in Japan The Crusaders 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Pass the Plate / Greasy Spoon The Crusaders 1
1972 Put It Where You Want It The Crusaders 1
1972 Spanish Harlem The Crusaders 1
1974 Stomp and Buck Dance The Crusaders 1
1979 Street Life The Crusaders 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Golden Years The Crusaders 1

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