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Jazz CrusadersGive Peace A Chance ... CD
Liberty/Big Break (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
The Jazz Crusaders at the start of the 70s – taking on a bit of The Beatles and some great grooves of their own – and picking up a fair bit of funk in the process! The album still has the group working in the best modes of their late 60s Liberty years – more jazz than fusion, with the core group honed to a solid "t" – able to slide effortlessly over slinky rhythms with soaring solos – a marvelous combination of music that comes from the efforts of Wayne Henderson on trombone, Wilton Felder on tenor, Stix Hooper on drums, Buster Williams on bass, and Joe Sample on both acoustic and electric piano. Beatles tunes include "Give Peace A Chance" and "Black Bird" – but the rest of the album is original material from the group – really showing them hipping up their vibe with some righteous funky energy of the late 60s. Titles include "Anita's New Dance", "Space Settlement", "All The Lonely Years", "Another Blues", and "I Think It Was A Dream". CD

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersJazz Crusaders At The Lighthouse (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Used ... $9.99
The landmark first album to feature the Jazz Crusaders playing live at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach – the start of a great run of albums that would go onto help redefine the sound of soul jazz in the 60s! Although the group was already plenty darn great on their studio sides, working at the Lighthouse seemed to allow them to open up even more – work in a slightly longer, more spacious setting than in the studio – with more room for creative solos and a sound that was often more deeply soulful overall! In fact, the Jazz Crusaders association with the club helped turn the sound of the Lighthouse away from the "cool" reputation it got from Lighthouse All-Stars albums of the 50s – and open the place up as the more righteous venue for jazz expression to come from players like Lee Morgan, Grant Green, and Elvin Jones on Blue Note! The lineup here is classic Crusaders – with plenty of searing tenor work from Wilton Felder, slidingly soulful trombone from Wayne Henderson, storming piano by Joe Sample, and tight tight rhythm from Victor Gaskin on bass and Stix Hooper on drums. Tracks include some great originals, like "Congolese Sermon", "Cathy's Dilemma", and "Scandalizing", plus a great version of Jackie McLean's "Appointment in Ghana". CD also features 2 long bonus tracks – "Boopie" and "Penny Blue". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersPowerhouse ... LP
World Pacific, 1968. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
The title's no lie, because the Jazz Crusaders are certainly a powerhouse here – blowing with a tightness and soulful swing that few other groups could hope to match! The overall structure of the album is a bit more focused than some of their other sessions from the late 60s – in that the songs are shorter, and more in the mode of some of the group's earlier work – but they're also still colored with plenty of hipper late 60s touches, including lots of electric bass on the bottom, some great electric keys from Joe Sample, and a groove that's definitely on the more righteous side of the soul spectrum! Original tunes include "Upstairs", "Fire Water", "Sting Ray", and "Cookie Man" – and the record features great covers of "Promises, Promises", "Love Is Blue", and "Hey Jude". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersLive At The Lighthouse '66 ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the Jazz Crusaders' classic funky live sets from the 60's, recorded live at the Lighthouse, where there talents were slowly becoming the stuff of legend. Nice tight soul jazz stuff, with some excellent groovers that include an early version of "Scratch", plus "Blues Up Tight", "Miss It", and "Doin' That Thing". Longish tracks, with good drawn-out solos, and a totally heavy groove. Plus, this CD reissue also includes 2 bonus cuts that weren't on the original album! CD
(Out of print.)
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Crusaders5 Original Albums (Chain Reaction/Those Southern Knights/Free As The Wind/Images/Street Life) (5CD set) ... CD
ABC/Verve (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 5CD ... $19.99
A document of an incredible shift in style for the Crusaders – and one that helped them soar even higher in the jazz funk stratosphere! By the time of these albums, the group had changed significantly from their youthful days as the Jazz Crusaders – mostly a trio, with Joe Sample on keyboards, Wilton Felder on saxes, and Stix Hooper on drums – but often augmented by some of the best studio help they could find, and working at a level that was still razor-sharp, and incredibly soulful! So many other artists mixed jazz and soul together in the 70s, but a rare few could do it this right – and still hold onto all the bite that the artists had in their earlier days. Production is tight, but never too slick – no 80s smooth jazz modes here – and there's a sense of groove balanced with a sense of soloing that's really wonderful! All five albums are impeccable – to jazz what Steely Dan was to mainstream rock at the time (and we mean that in the best way possible!) – and as you'll hear with some slight inclusion of vocals (most famously by Randy Crawford on Street Life), these guys also found a way to win whole new audiences to jazz from the world of soul too. A great package – with all five albums in little tiny LP-styled covers! CD

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✨✧ CrusadersScratch ... LP
Blue Thumb/Chisa, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great Crusaders album – and one that's a perfect bridge between their earlier soul jazz styles, and their tighter funkier electric one. The record was recorded live at the Roxy, and the group is augmented by Larry Carlton on guitar, who gives the tracks a nice razor edge at his best moments. All songs are pretty long – and the band is in extremely good form, jamming away with lots of funky vamping, and breaking out with some very soulful solos. Titles include "Scratch", "Hard Times", "So Far Away", and "Way Back Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Crusaders2nd Crusade ... LP
Blue Thumb/Chisa, 1973. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An early 70s classic from The Crusaders – and a record that has the group perfectly poised between the rougher soul jazz of their roots and some of the tighter styles they brought into play during the 70s! The sound here is heavily electric – thanks to great keyboards from Joe Sample and bass from Wilton Felder – but the style isn't nearly as slick as on later albums recorded under the Crusaders name, thanks to the hipper, looser feel the group were allowed while working for the Chisa label! As on the first album recorded after the group shifted their name from the Jazz Crusaders, the set features added guitar work by Larry Carlton, David T Walker, and Arthur Adams – all of whom really help to emphasize the funkier side of the tracks while Wayne Henderson's trombone and Wilton Felder's tenor remind us they've still got a great talent for jazz! Titles include "Search For Soul", "Gotta Get It On", "Look Beyond That Hill", "Ain't Gon Change A Thing", and "A Message From The Inner City". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Randy CrawfordNaked & True (2CD version – with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Moon/Big Break (UK), 1995. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A later date from 70s soul legend Randy Crawford – cut overseas, at a time when she was initially without US representation – a situation that was immediately corrected with the strength of the album! The set has Randy really getting back to basics – mostly working with tight jazz funk backings that recall both her first few records, and her work with The Crusaders – a perfect setting for her wonderful voice, and her trademark use of jazzy currents with more straight-ahead soul! Players on the record include Fred Wesley on trombone, Bernie Worrell on keyboards, and Bootsy Collins on bass – which will give you an idea of the strength of the sound – and titles include "Cajun Moon", "Give Me The Night", "Glow Of Love", "I'll Be Around", "Forget Me Nots", "Joy Inside My Tears", "Purple Rain", and "Come Into My Life". Great 2CD version – features a bonus instrumental version of "The Glow Of Love" – plus 13 more different mixes of tracks from the album – including "Cajun Moon (long trip mix)", "Forget Me Nots (Femi Fem rotation mix)", "Give Me The Night (Mousse T's classic club mix)", "Forget Me Nots (Delaney's mix)", "I'll Be Around (surprise mix)", and "Cajun Moon (cajun trip club version)". CD

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Randy Crawford, Flora Purim, Eddie Harris, et alSharky's Machine ... LP
Warner, 1981. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
One of the coolest soundtracks ever for a Burt Reynolds film – an a hip mix of soul and jazz tracks that's gone onto become a classic over the years! The album's a compilation of sorts, but most of the material was recorded fresh for the film – and the different artists really work together here to forge some great backdrops for the action on the screen! Al Capps handled the larger charts, but most numbers really spotlight an individual artist – and highlights include Randy Crawford singing a new version of "Street Life" – different than the one with The Crusaders – Sarah Vaughan singing "Love Theme From Sharky's Machine", Peggy Lee vocals on "Let's Keep Dancing", and Julie London singing "My Funny Valentine" – as one of the first recordings after many years of retirement. Other great numbers include "Dope Bust" by Flora Purim & Buddy DeFranco, "Sharky's Theme" by Eddie Harris, "Before You" by Sarah Vaughan & Joe Williams, "8 To 5 I Lose" by Joe Williams, and the instrumental cuts "Sexercise" and "High Energy" by Doc Severinsen. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a peeled spot from an old sticker on the back.)

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Native SonCoast To Coast – Native Son Live In USA (with bonus track) ... CD
JVC (Japan), 1980. New Copy 2CD ... $29.99
Sublime live work from this legendary fusion combo – a group who were to Japanese jazz what the Crusaders were to the US at the end of the 70s! The album features the group recorded live in the US – working in especially soulful territory that features lots of Fender Rhodes and clavinet from Takehiro Honda – plus great horn lines that flow, soar, and sparkle wonderfully with a perfect balance between tightness and soulful expression. This Japanese version features the full double-length album – not issued in the US – with a total of 9 tracks that include "Coke Screw", "Jay Walk", "Super Safari", "Autumn Dreams", "Racing Around", "Wind Jammer", and "Orange Sunrise". CD
(K2 HD Pro Mastering – HQ CD!)

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One Line BandYellow Magic ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $24.99
A great little fusion combo from the Japanese scene of the 70s – one of those unique groups that manage to hit a sound that's equally appealing from an American soul perspective too! The cream of the crop of the overseas fusion players were often leaning heavily on American R&B at the time – creating a wonderful blend, ala The Crusaders, in which jazz solos soar out from some warmer soulful grooves – which they do beautifully on this set! The track's got some wickedly tight arrangements, and lyrics that are used to spice up the tunes next to riffing guitars and sweet keyboards – never overwhelming, but blending with the jazzy instrumentation in a really great way. A few other groups of this scene had a bigger global crossover impact, but that's also what makes One Line Band such a great discovery – especially on some of the tunes that feature Japanese lyrics, instead of English. Titles include "Cold Wind", "In The Movement", "You're The Only One", and "Mr M". CD
(K2 HD Pro Mastering – HQ CD!)

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✨✧ VariousThis Is The Blues Vol 1 ... LP
World Pacific, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Great work from the Pacific Jazz catalog – with tracks that include "New Time Shuffle" by The Jazz Crusaders, "Back At The Chicken Shack" by Les McCann, "Morris The Minor" by Groove Holmes & Gene Ammons, "Cross Talk" by Clifford Scott, "That's The Way I Feel" by Johnny Lytle, "Where Did The Blues Go" by Billy Larkin & The Delegates, and "Lighthouse Blues" by Gerald Wilson. LP, Vinyl record album

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Ronnie LawsFriends & Strangers ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A stone classic from reedman Ronnie Laws – and an album that really helped set a whole new standard for funky fusion in the 70s! Laws works here with great Wayne Henderson production – which gives the album an even sharper sound than other Blue Note sets of this vintage – and that kind of tight blend of funk and jazz you'd find in the Crusaders, with a similar no-nonsense approach in the grooves! Henderson's got a great way of never being too smooth – and Laws responds with some wicked solos on tenor, soprano sax, and flute – soaring out over the course of the whole wonderful album. Titles include "Goodtime Ride", "Just Love", "Saturday Evening", "Friends & Strangers", "Nuthin Bout Nuthin", "New Day", and "Same Old Story". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inner sleeve. Cover has an unglued bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Sea LevelOn The Edge ... LP
Capricorn, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The great second album from Sea Level – one of those records that loads of folks dug, back in the day – and not just the cats who remembered these guys for their work with The Allman Brothers! The set's got a tight blend of jazz, soul, and some crossover elements – almost rootsier mode of music melded with a Steely Dan/Crusaders sort of vibe – so that the fusion styles come together and really help the whole thing soar! Vocals often still echo the early years of the players, but the overall presentation has a much more LA vibe – despite the fact that the album was recorded at Capricorn Studios in Macon. Titles include "Electron Cold", "On The Wing", "A Lotta Colada", "Living In A Dream", and "King Grand". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Native SonShining ... CD
JVC (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Tremendous grooves from the height of the Japanese fusion scene – served up with a focus, polish, and personal quality that few American combos could muster at the time! Native Son are one of those rare fusion combos that manage to strike a balance between professional sparkle and some of the more human elements in jazz – and like The Crusaders at their best, they work here in a style that's wonderfully focused, but never too cloyingly commercial – long tunes that spin out with great keyboards from Takehiro Honda, warm saxophone from Kohsuke Mine, and soaring trombone from Hiroshi Fukumura. Titles include "Tit For Tat", "Shining", "Blue Lagoon", "Go For It", and "The Strand Stomp". CD
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✨✧ Grover Washington JrParadise ... LP
Elektra, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of those records you see so much it's easy to forget how great it is! Grover's a real genius with the sax on this record – taking a "less is more" cue from Stanley Turrentine's 70s work, and toning down his playing to an even tighter style than on the Kudu albums of earlier years, to a level of ultimate economy that really leaves us breathless. Sure, the record's not a raw bit of funkety funk – but we're just as enthralled at pure commercial genius as we are at unbridled underground talent, and this album's a masterpiece of pacing, playing, and presentation that shows Washington still steeped in the soul jazz roots from whence he came, brilliantly focused on reaching a larger audience through economical use of his genius. He hits a rarified level here that we'd only reserve for a small few – like Steely Dan or The Crusaders, both groups who teeter on the same brink, and make it work perfectly. Titles include "Asia's Theme", "Tell Me About It Now", "Feel It Comin", "Icey", and "The Answer In Your Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear on the opening.)

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✨✧ Hugh Masekela & OthersHugh Masekela Presents The Chisa Years 1965 to 1975 – Rare & Unreleased ... CD
Chisa/BBE (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A decade's worth of groundbreaking funk and African rhythms – all of it recorded by Hugh Masekela for his legendary Chisa label! Back in the 60s, Hugh cracked the American charts with a playful version of South African jazz – but he was also an even hipper cat than you'd guess from his hits, and worked with a variety of incredible acts to expand his sound – a good number of whom ended up recording for Hugh on the Chisa label, in a unique blend of American soul and African inspiration that was years ahead of its time! The Chisa sound was one of the first true forays into pan-global grooving – and it brought the sounds of Africa to the American mainstream at a level that few had managed before. Some groups were unique projects done for record – like the Johannesburg Street Band, which featured members of The Crusaders alongside Masekela – but others featured a variety of ex-patriots living in the US, with key singers and players who shine brightly under Hugh's guidance. This set really digs deep, and offers up some of the most heavily African-tuned tracks from Chisa's catalog – 14 titles that include "Witch Doctor" and "Ahvuomo" by Baranta with Miatta Fahinbulleh, "Joala" and "Za Labalaba" by The Zulus, "Awe Mfana" by Johannesburg Street Band, "Macongo" and "U Se Mcani" by Letta Mbulu, "Tepo" by Baranta, "Aredze" by The Zulus, "Mahlalela" by Letta Mbulu, and "Afro Beat Blues" by Ojah with Hugh Masekela. CD
(Out of print.)
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Randy CrawfordRaw Silk ... LP
Warner, 1979. Near Mint- ... $1.99
A really wonderful little album from Randy Crawford – a lot jazzier than previous work, and done in a style that has Randy's vocals backed by small electric combo work on most cuts! Players on the set are a great batch of top-shelf fusion players – and include Don Grusin, William D Smith, Leon Pendarvis, and John Tropea – all playing in different combos from track to track, but keeping things nicely together to match Randy's increasingly soulful vocals. The sound's a real hint at the greatness Randy would hit with The Crusaders – but in a mellower mode – and titles include "Endlessly", "Declaration Of Love", "Blue Mood", "Love Is Like A Newborn Child", "Nobody", and "Just To Keep You Satisfied". LP, Vinyl record album

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