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Jazz CrusadersGive Peace A Chance ... LP
Liberty, 1970. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and clear tape on the opening.)

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Jazz CrusadersLighthouse '68 ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $1.99
One of their many fantastic live sets from The Lighthouse – just about all of which are excellent. This one's one of their best, and features a few beautiful longer tracks that have a spiritual soulful vibe that you don't always get from the group. These tracks include "Native Dancer" and "The Emperor", and they sit nicely next to straighter soul jazz tracks like "Eleanor Rigby" and "Ooga-Boo-Ga-Loo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Applause pressing in a yellow tinted cover.)

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersFestival Album – Recorded Live At The Newport & Pacific Jazz Festivals 1966 ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1966. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible work from the Jazz Crusaders – a brilliant album of longer tracks that has them working at their soulful, sophisticated best! The record's great proof that the Crusaders had a depth that many rarely gave them credit here – as they're working here in a complicated set of rhythms, tones, colors, and patterns that easily matches some of the best Blue Note mid 60s work by Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan! All tracks are recorded live, and in very long takes that show the combo effortlessly setting up the rhythms – then stepping out with extended solos that are surprisingly exploratory and modern-sounding. Titles include "Trance Dance", "Summer Madness", "Young Rabbits", and "Freedom Sound". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersLive At The Lighthouse '66 ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1966. Used Gatefold ... 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! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersTalk That Talk ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Mid 60s. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest records the Jazz Crusaders ever cut! The album's got their usual hard soul jazz quintet sound augmented by a bigger band – strangely uncredited on the record, but giving the group a lofty sound that pushes them into a whole new sound! The core style is still the LA soul jazz that the group virtually pioneered – but the added instrumentation gives them a hard-swinging feel that makes the album feel like a lost gem on MPS. Cool tracks include the group's strident reading of Edu Lobo's "Arrasto", a tenor-heavy version of "Walkin My Cat Named Dog", and the great original track "Turkish Black", which has some excellent organ work by Joe Sample! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersUh Huh (Applause pressing) ... LP
Pacific Jazz/Applause, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer Jazz Crusaders material – exactly the kind of record that really had the group coming into their own in the second half of the 60s – finding a rich new groove that few other combos could match! The record captures the group at a perfect time – a point when they were breaking past the tighter shorter formula of earlier material, and moving into a slightly more spiritual conception – yet one that still had a hard swing and a deeply soulful vibe! The record's a prime example of the never-ending energy held by the band – near-perfect on every track, and played with a sense of creative expression that easily puts them at the top of the soul jazz scene in the late 60s! Titles include "Night Theme", "Air Waves", "Uh Huh", "Watts Happening", and "Ice Water". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersOld Socks New Shoes – New Socks Old Shoes ... LP
Chisa, 1970. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Wickedly funky work from the Jazz Crusaders – a pivotal set that has them electrifying their groove a bit more from the 60s, yet still not hitting the smother sound of later years! The core soul jazz mode of the group's start is still nicely in place – hard-hitting grooves from Wayne Henderson on trombone, Wilton Felder on bass, Stix Hooper on drums, and Joe Sample on keyboards – really opening up in an electric mode that's warm, but never mellow – really giving the album a strongly righteous undercurrent. Added to the mix are guitars from Arthur Adams and Freddy Robinson – both of whom really open up the groove and underscore the funkier elements – and again, in ways that have a lot more edge than on later Crusaders dates. The whole thing's great, filled with hard groovy cuts – and titles include a great version of "Golden Slumbers", plus "Jazz", "Jackson", "Rainy Night In Georgia", "Time Has No Ending", "Hard Times", and "Funny Shuffle". LP, Vinyl record album
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CrusadersImages ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1978. Very Good ... $1.99
Hard to miss with The Crusaders at this point – and the album's one of their stone classics from the 70s – just the kind of soulful fusion that few other groups could touch! The core trio of Joe Sample's keyboards, Wilton Felder's saxes, and Stix Hooper's drums is augmented by the guitar of Billy Rogers and bass of Robert Popwell – both players who slide in warmly to the grooves, yet still help the combo keep that lean, funky sound they first forged after dropping the first word from their Jazz Crusaders name. Things are never slick at all, and the use of vocals and larger instrumentation is yet to come – leaving the album a tight, right, outta sight groover all the way through! Titles include "Fairy Tales", "Merry Go Round", "Cosmic Reign", "Snowflake", "Covert Action", and "Bayou Bottoms". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CrusadersCrusaders 1 ... LP
Chisa/Blue Thumb, 1971. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet funky Crusaders – one of the first records the group made after dropping the "Jazz" from their name, and a soulful electric set through and through! The group still have that tightly-crafted soul jazz sound that made their late 60s recordings so great – but they're also stretching out here in more of a 70s electric funk mode – letting the keyboards of Joe Sample really set the tone for most of the numbers, as Wilton Felder's basslines weave with the drums of Stix Hooper to create a set of really great tracks. The double-length album is overflowing with great numbers – and in addition to the contributions of the core quartet, the album also features guitar from Larry Carlton, David T Walker, and Arthur Adams – plus a bit of extra bass from Chuck Rainey! The hip sound is a bit like some of Hugh Masekela's best jazz-based work for Chisa – and titles include "Full Moon", "Sweet Revival", "Mud Hole", "It's Just Gotta Be That Way", "Three Children", "Mosadi", and "So Far Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some peeling from tape removal along the opening and some tape remnants on the seams.)

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✨✧ CrusadersLive – New Orleans 1977 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from The Crusaders – captured right at that mid 70s moment when it seemed that they could do no wrong! The Crusaders were always way more than just the usual fusion combo – something very special that was still quite full of all the most spontaneous energy of jazz, but which also had a sort of perfection in tone and expression – of the sort the members had learned in all their many years helping out on other recordings. The trio of Joe Sample on keyboards, Wilton Felder on saxes, and Stix Hooper on drums had already been playing together for years by this point – and they're joined by Billy Rogers on guitar and Robert Powell on bass, who help create these beautifully smooth grooves – while still letting the lead soloists take off and do their thing. The recording quality is great – some nice long tracks that really open up with great solos from Sample and Felder especially – on titles that include "Keep That Same Old Feeling", "When There's Love Around", "Sweet N Sour", "Just A Little Grease", "Hard Times", and "Spiral". CD

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Randy CrawfordMiss Randy Crawford ... LP
Warner, 1977. Very Good+ ... $2.99
One of the hippest, tightest albums ever from Randy Crawford – a set that's got a great blend of jazz, funk, and soul – all with the kind of poise and polish she brought to her famous work with The Crusaders! Crawford's wonderful vocals are wrapped up perfectly in some cool combo backings which are then augmented by larger strings – a blend that's got a great sort of richness right from the start, but also that special late 70s LA style that never has things getting too soppy or commercial, even when tight. Randy's the perfect sort of singer to make a record like this come out right – and titles include "I Can't Get You Off My Mind", "Over My Head", "Single Woman Married Man", "Half Steppin", "This Man", and "At Last". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Randy CrawfordNow We May Begin ... LP
Warner, 1980. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A great little album cut by Randy during the height of her career! She'd just broken big with her vocals on "Street Life" by the Crusaders – and although that track's not on here, the Crusaders team of Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper, and Joe Sample produced the album, and have given it a very similar sound to that track. There's a few weak moments where Randy's singing in a mellower style that lets her voice wobble a bit too much – but the stronger tracks have a good jazz funk groove, and these include "Blue Flame", "Last Night At Danceland", and "My Heart Is Not As Young As It Used To Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a hype sticker.)

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✨✧ Michael FranksSleeping Gypsy ... LP
Warner, 1977. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A really brilliant little record – one of those gems that you've probably passed by so many times because it's ubiquitous, but which never fails to please over the years! Forget any pre-conceived notions you might have about Michael Franks, because at this early point in his career the man is a genre unto himself – working in a unique blend of jazz, pop, and a bit of soul – always served up sparely and with a great deal of understatement, but still filled with plenty of personal spirit on the lyrics. Franks' voice is beautifully compressed into the rest of the instrumentation by Tommy LiPuma – in a style that still holds up wonderfully over the years, and which is set to Claus Ogerman arrangements that make plenty great use of keyboards from Joe Sample of The Crusaders! Tunes are all originals by Franks – and there's some especially great Brazilian touches on the numbers "Antonio's Song" and "Down In Brazil". Other titles include "The Lady Wants To Know", "I Really Hope It's You", "Chain Reaction", and "In The Eye Of The Storm". LP, Vinyl record album

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Freedom Sounds featuring Wayne HendersonPeople Get Ready ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good ... $6.99
A great batch of sunny soul jazz numbers – recorded by Wayne Henderson at a time when he was scoring big with the Jazz Crusaders! This combo's very much in the vein of Wayne's work with that more famous group – but they've got a bit of a tighter approach, playing more in a "soul instrumental" mode that mixes jazz soloing with complicated percussion and bits of Latin rhythms. Henderson plays this cool orange trombone on the record (pictured on the cover!), in a mode that recalls some of Fred Wesley's more jazz-based work – and titles include "Things Go Better", "Respect", "Cucamonga", "Orbital Velocity", and "Cathy The Cooker". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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Leonard King & The Soul MessengersLeonard King & The Soul Messengers – Historic Recordings 1964 to 1971 ... CD
Uuquipleu, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Very cool work from Leonard King & The Soul Messengers – a Detroit combo who really kick things up here with some great work from the clubs and a few rare studio recordings as well! King's a drummer, and gives the group a mighty solid sound from the start – and the whole group are equally comfortable in a soul instrumental mode as they are when letting loose with jazzier solos – a bit like the Jazz Crusaders on the LA scene of the mid 60s, but even groovier overall! Instrumentation shifts a bit throughout – depending on the lineups – and includes alto from Gregory King, cornet from Atiba King, trumpet from Jimmy Nash, and organ, electric harpsichord, and piano from George Roundtree. The range of material varies in a really great way – showing not just an evolution of King and his combo, but also the changing tastes of the Detroit scene at the end of the 60s – and there's also a few soul vocal numbers mixed in with the jazz instrumentals. Titles include "Delen 1967", "Voice Your Choice", "The Barracuda", "I've Been Saved", "Lily The Fox", "Cold Sweat", "Psychedelic Pi", "Bumpy's Lament", "Hang Up", "Spinning Around/It's Too Late", and a "Jackson Five Medley". CD

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✨✧ Jeff LorberIt's A Fact ... LP
Arista, 1981. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Jeff Lorber shows his equal talents for jazz and soul on this one – working in a tight blend of keyboard and guitar electric funk – one that's perfect for the occasional vocal part! The core sound is fusion, but done in a way that works nicely off of the R&B-tinged experiments of the 70s – taking lessons learned from Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, and The Crusaders – in order to come up with a jazzy groove that's also pretty appealing to fans of modern soul! Vocals are from a hip trio of talents – Sylvia St James, Greg Walker, and Arnold McCuller – and titles include "Full Moon", "Tierra Verde", "Your Love Has Got Me", "Always There", "Delevans", and "The Magicians". LP, Vinyl record album

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Resolution 88Afterglow ... CD
Splash Blue (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $13.99
Man, these guys are totally great – one of the few contemporary combos who can so perfectly get the sound of the most soulful fusion of the 70s – instantly taking us back to the generation of The Crusaders with their wonderful music on the set! We loved Resolution 88 the last time around, but dig them even more here – as they've got this tight, confident approach that comes through immediately – like that moment when so many older skilled jazz musicians on the west coast found their way into LA studios, and started to craft grooves that were sharp, but never slick – still filled with lots of lively instrumentation and imagination, while also digging up plenty of soul in the rhythms too! This isn't a smooth jazz set at all – nor is it just throwaway electric fusion – and instead, these guys come right down on the money, right from the very first note – with instrumentation that includes Rhodes and other keyboards from Tom O'Grady, tenor and alto from Alex Hitchcock, drums from Rick Elsworth, and bass from Tiago Coimbra – whose work really ties the whole thing together. Titles include "Takin Off", "Homing In", "Banana Skin Central", "Moonflower", "Raios Do Sol", "Afterglow (parts 1 & 2)", and "Changing Times (parts 1 & 2)". CD

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VariousThis Is The Blues Vol 1 ... LP
World Pacific, Late 50s/Early 60s. Sealed Gatefold ... $5.99
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
(Sealed 60s pressing!)

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✨✧ VariousBlue Note Plays Burt Bacharach ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Easily our favorite in the Blue Note Plays series – mostly because it's filled with great Blue Note and Capitol jazz tracks from the 60s – all written by the greatest living composer of our time! The tracks offer a nice take on Burt's original tunes – and are often done in soul jazz versions that expand nicely upon the melodies with some very tasty solo work. There's a few tracks of more recent vintage here, but mostly, the set's got a nice 60s feel overall – with titles that include "Walk On By" and "What The World Needs Now Is Love" by Stanley Turrentine, "Wives & Lovers" and "Alfie" by Nancy Wilson, "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" by Grant Green, "Promises Promises" by Jazz Crusaders, "Any Day Now" by Lou Ralws, "Do You Know The Way To San Jose" by Groove Holmes, and "Knowing When To Leave" by Ernie Watts. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ George DukeSave The Country ... CD
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great early album from George Duke – quite different than his work for MPS to follow – and more in a groovy late 60s California mode! There's a vibe here that resonates nicely with some other late 60s sessions on Liberty Records – kind of an expansion of a Cali soul jazz mode, similar to the style the Crusaders were starting to go for – but colored in with some of Duke's obviously hip inclinations as well! George plays some great electric piano on the record – and other players include Ernie Watts on tenor and flute, and Jay Graydon on guitar – on titles that include "Soul Watcher", "Since You Asked", "Shades Of Joy", "Alcatraz", and "A Little Bit Of Seven". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Monk MontgomeryBass Odyssey ... LP
Chisa, 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
Monk Montgomery was one of the first jazz musicians to use the electric bass heavily, and you can hear the sheer power of his playing on this tight session recorded in LA with Crusaders members like Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson, and Stix Hooper. The album's got that groovy soul jazz 60's sound that characterized the best releases on Chisa, and Monk's bass is right out front in the mix, pounding heavily over the top of groovy drums and nice electric keyboards. Tracks include the two part fuzzy "Fuselage", plus "Foxy Gypsy", "Journey To the Bottom" and "Sister Lena", which has some nice hard drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Joe SampleCarmel ... LP
ABC, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
God, we love this record – and we're not ashamed to admit it! Sure, it sold a gazillion copies – and sure, for some folks it showed the true demise of the Crusaders ensemble. But for us, it's a masterpiece of smooth fusion, and a landmark album of easy jazz that spawned countless imitators that could never hope to match Sample's simple and elegant use of funky riffing and lyrical chords – coming in with just the right dash of darkness when the record's in danger of sounding too light. Most of the rest of the Crusaders had a hand in the record, and the set's got the smooth west coast sound you'd expect from the title. Tracks include "Carmel", "Cannery Row", "Sunrise", and "More Beautiful Each Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Half Speed Master "Extended Range" pressing. Cover has a bumped corner.)

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✨✧ Sea LevelSea Level/Long Walk On A Short Pier ... CD
Capricorn/Real Gone, 1977/1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of gems from Sea Level – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Sea Level album – a classic from one of the coolest groups to emerge from the southern rock scene of the 70s – a combo who can be as tight and jazzy as The Crusaders one minute, then show off their down home roots the next! Sea Level have a sound that's impeccable throughout this self-titled set – almost a Macon, Georgia answer to the sound of Steely Dan in LA – and the set mixes instrumental tracks that have a jazzy fusion vibe with more straightforward tracks that hit the soul-inspired sound of southern rock in the years after the rise of Memphis and Muscle Shoals. The jazz cuts are the real charmers – tremendous stuff that we'd rank right up there with the best fusion of the period – and titles include "Rain In Spain", "Shake A Leg", "Grand Larceny", "Scarborough Fair", "Just A Good Feeling", "Tidal Wave", and "Nothing Matters But The Fever". Long Walk On A Short Pier has Sea Level picking up a bit more of a soul sound than before – adding in stronger vocals than some of their previous records, while still hitting some jazzy currents in their instrumentation! The group's expanded a bit – now a sextet, with additional backup players, too – but their sound still has that mix of southern roots and west coast polish – in that way that makes them one of the most unique acts of their generation. Titles include "Canine Man", "Tear Down This Wall", "Just A Touch", "I'm Thirsty", "Too Many Broken Hearts", "Twenty Miles From Nowhere", and "Morning Light". CD
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✨✧ Randy Crawford & Joe SampleFeeling Good ... CD
PRA, 2007. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A beautiful setting for vocalist Randy Crawford – wrapped up here in warmly jazzy backings from pianist Joe Sample! Joe and Randy first worked together many years back on the classic "Street Life" when Joe was in The Crusaders – but the Sample heard here is much more laidback and acoustic – a great talent on the piano, with a rolling sort of sound to his keys that really helps Randy find her flow on the tunes – in a natural, even-handed way that makes the record one of her best in recent years! The rest of the core quartet features Christian McBride on bass and Steve Gadd on drums – and apart from a bit of guest guitar here and there, most of the instrumentation is acoustic. Titles include "All Night Long", "Mr Ugly", "But Beautiful", "End Of The Line", "Feeling Good", "Lovetown", "See Line Woman", "Tell Me More And More And Then Some", and "Everybody's Talking". CD

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✨✧ Quincy JonesDude ... LP
A&M, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quincy just never stopped putting out classic soulful albums! This one, from the early 80s, features a smooth jazzy blend of tracks, with a strong nod to the kinds of souped-up studio sounds that were being used by groups like The Crusaders, but also with a lot of the kind of soulfulness that made earlier albums so great. Features vocals by Patti Austin, and includes winners like "Ai No Corrida", "The Dude", "Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me", "Velas", and "One Hundred Ways". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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