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
1994 Gold Encore Series: Jazz Live Various Artists 1
1995 Jazz Cuts - Jazz Funk Reaction Various Artists 1
2011 An Anthology: Weighed & Measured Todd Terje 1
Smooth Jazz 106.7 KCJZ, Volume 1 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 …and the Beat Goes On! 34 Dance Hits of the 70’s Various Artists 1
1988 Anthems, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
1988 Best of 12" Gold, Volume 1 Various Artists 5 1
1988 Dance Classics, Volume 4 Various Artists 2
1989 Mega Hits Dance Classics, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
1991 Disco Fever Various Artists 1
1991 Classic Jazz-Funk 2: Definitive Jazz-Funk Mastercuts, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Club Classics, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1992 King of the Blues B.B. King 2
1992 GRP 10th Anniversary Collection Various Artists 2
1992 Play MCA (1992-11) Various Artists 1
1992 GRP Presents the Cool Sound of CD 101.9, Vol. V Various Artists 1
1993 The Very Best of Randy Crawford Randy Crawford 2
1993 Cool Cuts Various Artists 1
1993 Classic Funk 2: Definitive Funk Mastercuts, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1993 Dance Explosion: 50 Disco Hits From the 70’s, 2 Various Artists 1
1993 Gold Encore Series: The World of Contemporary Jazz Groups Various Artists 1
1994 Feels So Good: 12 Jazz Funk Classics Various Artists 1
1994 Classic Jazz-Funk 4: Definitive Jazz-Funk Mastercuts, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1994 Committed to Soul Various Artists 1
1994 Dance Classics Gold Various Artists 1
1994 Easy Listening: Soft-Rock & Pop-Songs Various Artists 1
1994 Funk Yourself Various Artists 1
1994 Jazz Moods Various Artists 1
1994 Superfunk Various Artists 1
1994 Touch My Soul: The Best of Black Music, Vol. 1 Various Artists 1
1995 GRP Juice: A Taste of Jazz History Various Artists 1
1995 Lucille & Friends B.B. King 2
1995 The Greatest Soul Album of All Time Various Artists 1
1996 How Blue Can You Get? B.B. King 1
1996 Soulful Grooves: R&B Instrumental Classics, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1996 No Guts, No Glory Various Artists 1
1997 The Ultimate Blues Collection Various Artists 1
1998 Smooth Sounds Various Artists 1
1999 Night Fever Various Artists 1
1999 Pure Funk, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2000 Smooth Grooves: Jazzy Soul, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 The Essence of Nancy Wilson: Four Decades of Music Nancy Wilson 1
2002 Classic Jazz: The Seventies Various Artists 1
2003 Feelin' Good Various Artists 1
2003 HMV Choice - Playlist Various Artists 1
2003 Verve Today 2003 Various Artists 1
2004 Ultimate Collection Joe Cocker 1
2004 Perfect Sunday, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2005 Old School Soul Party Various Artists 1
2005 Classic Cuts Presents: The 12" Box: Disco Various Artists 1
2005 Daily Express: Male Legends, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2006 Disco Fever: Behind the Groove Various Artists 1
2006 Jamie Cullum, Volume Two Jamie Cullum 1
2007 Jazz Number 1’s Various Artists 1
2007 Classic Cuts Presents: The Soul Box 2 Various Artists 1
2007 Don’t Mess With Texas Music, Volume Two Various Artists 1
2008 The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 11A: 1971 Various Artists 1
2008 Mastermix Professional: Decades Engineered for DJs Various Artists 1
2009 My Jazz - After Work, Jazz zum Relaxen Various Artists 1
2010 100% Disco Fever Various Artists 1
2010 Top of the Spot 2010: New Collection, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
2011 Smooth Jazz Cafe 11 Various Artists 1
2011 Radio RAM & Magic Records Present RAM Café 6: Lounge & Chillout Various Artists 1
2011 Masterpieces of Modern Soul, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2013 De zwarte lijst, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2013 Generations Funk Various Artists 1
2013 Fetenhits: Funk & Soul Various Artists 1
2013 The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 12B: 1972 Various Artists 1
2014 Grand 12-Inches 11 Ben Liebrand 1
2014 Grand 12-Inches 11 - Updates & Upgrades Ben Liebrand 1
2015 Grand 12-Inches 12 - Updates & Upgrades Ben Liebrand 1
2015 Jazz Playlist: Soul Various Artists 1
Funky Fusion Various Artists 1
Gold Encore Series: Songbirds Various Artists 1
Good Groovin' Grandmaster Issue 1 Various Artists 1
Good Times 3 Various Artists 1
Jazz Number Ones Various Artists 1
Thumbsucker Revisited #1 Various Artists 1
Völlig verrockt. Total beswingt. Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Tom Joyner's: The Old School Mix Returns Various Artists 1
2006 My Definition Nightmares on Wax 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 How Blue Can You Get? Classic Live Performances B.B. King 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Straight No Chaser Presents Theo Parrish Theo Parrish 1
2007 The Best of Iggy Pop Iggy Pop 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 The Life of Riley: The Soundtrack B.B. King 1
2015 Grand Theft Auto V Radio Various Artists 2

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Tribe Vibes Vol. 3 Various Artists 1

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