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Jazz CrusadersOoga-Boo-Ga-Loo/Eleanor Rigby ... 7-inch
Pacific Jazz, 1968. Very Good- ... $1.99
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Jazz CrusadersUh Huh (Applause pressing) ... LP
Pacific Jazz/Applause, 1967. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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 CrusadersLive Sides ... LP
Pacific Jazz/Blue Note, 1968/1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tasty 70s reissue of material from the Jazz Crusaders smoking Live At the Lighthouse albums from 1968 and 1969 – both tremendous records that really show the group stretching out at the end of the 60s! The collection goes for the tunes from those sets that demonstrate the freer, hipper side of the group's conception at the time – tunes that are clearly inspired by the jazz of Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, and which bring in a surprisingly complex set of rhythms that really change things up from the shorter Jazz Crusaders successes of earlier years. There's some really amazing moments on the set – and titles include "The Emperor", "It's Gotta Be Real", "Inside The Outside", "Reflections", and "Native Dancer". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersPowerhouse (Applause version) ... LP
World Pacific/Applause, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Back cover has some pen.)
 
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✨✧ CrusadersChain Reaction (Original Master Recording) ... LP
Mobile Fidelity/Blue Thumb, 1975. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
On this one, the Crusaders definitely crossed from jazz into funk – but who cares, because the album's so darn great! The record's got a tight LA groove, with some excellent electric keyboards, sweet sax solos, and tight drumming throughout. True proof that sometimes a lot of money can be put to good use to improve a band's sound in the studio – and with the tracks to back it up, like "Creole", "Chain Reaction", "Rainbow Visions", "Hallucinate", and "Soul Caravan". This is album is to jazz funk what Steely Dan's Aja was to 70s rock! LP, Vinyl record album

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CrusadersCrusaders 1 ... LP
Chisa/Blue Thumb, 1971. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
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 two cutout holes and some surface wear.)

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CrusadersImages ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1978. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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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VariousClassic Jazz Funk Mastercuts 4 ... CD
Mastercuts (UK), 1994. Used ... $14.99
Lots of nice groovers on here, with a bit more of a soul twist than usual, but still a motherlode of excellent cuts aimed at the jazz dance crowd. Titles include "Whistle Bump" by Deodato, "Can't You See Me" by Roy Ayers, "Funkin' For Jamaica" by Tom Browne, "Strawberry Letter 23" by Brothers Johnson, "The Real Thing" by Sergio Mendes, "I Thought It Was You" by Herbie Hancock, and "Streetlife" by The Crusaders. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousLatino Blue – Blue Note Jazz con Sabor Latino ... CD
Blue Note/Jazz Heritage, 1950s/1960s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Cheesy name – but a great set! And although "Blue Note" is in the title and the label, the package actually brings together a bunch of rare Latin sides from other labels in the Capitol/EMI camp – like World Pacific, Liberty, & Roulette. The overall groove is really wonderful – with a lively Latin jazz sound that's nicely spaced out, and a really rich selection of material that's pretty hard to find otherwise. Titles include "Soul Cha" by Joe Torres, "Latin Fever" by Jack Costanzo, "Agua Dulce" by Jazz Crusaders, "African Fantasy" by Bobby Montez, "Favela" by Clare Fischer, "La Bruja Negra" by Joe Torres, "Ritmo Bobo" by Sonny Stitt, "Blue Sands" by Charles Kynard & Buddy Collette, and "Trinidad" by Willie Bobo. 14 cuts in all – and a nice groove throughout! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ CrusadersCrusaders At Their Best ... LP
Motown, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really mixed bag of grooves from the Crusaders – but still an album that's quite tasty if you dig their work on the Chisa label! The record appears to be a greatest hits collection – with the "best" in the title – but it's more a summation of the styles they'd been digging on previous records, as some tracks feature a tight funky groove, others have a mellower electric one, and still others have a straight jazz approach. Highlights include the African-sounding "Time Has No Ending", the Sly Stone cover "Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Agin", and a nice reading of Wilton Felder's "Way Back Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Reissue pressing. Cover has some minor stains.)

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✨✧ CrusadersFree As The Wind ... CD
MCA, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Crusaders are really going strong at this point – in near-hit status, almost acting as the Steely Dan of LA jazz. The sound is certainly slicker than before, but in a way that's actually pretty darn nice – as Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper, and Larry Carlton come together with effortless ease – dipping, turning, twisting, and still hitting a nice groove on the best tunes. Tracks include "Nite Crawler", "Feel It", "River Rat", "Free As The Wind", and "Sweet N Sour". CD

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✨✧ CrusadersLive – New Orleans 1977 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ CrusadersRhapsody & Blues ... LP
MCA, 1980. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Crusaders at their late 70s smooth jazz best – completely confident in the sound of their groove, and unabashedly working in a tight studio setting on longer tracks that helped forever change the sound of mainstream funky jazz! And yes, the edges are polished down from the group's earlier recordings – but in a way that only seems to deepen the soul of the tunes, and give them more direction and a solidly crossover feel that actually goes past the random funky jazz of the early and mid 70s. Sample, Felder, and Hooper are in fine form throughout – and as usual by this point, are working with a range of guest stars – including Will Jennings, who sings some great lead vocals on the "Street Life"-like "Soul Shadows" track that leads off the set. Other titles include "Elegant Evening", "Rhapsody & Blues", "Last Call", and "Sweet Gentle Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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✨✧ CrusadersStreet Life (double a-side single) ... 7-inch
MCA, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A jazz funk classic – the ubiquitous title tracks to one of the Crusaders' most commercially successful LPs, featuring vocals by Randy Crawford, and a timeless cut that we never tire of, and the flip, a smooth jazzed out mid tempo cut, with a great propulsive beat underneath. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Label has some pen.)

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Randy CrawfordNow We May Begin ... LP
Warner, 1980. Very Good+ ... $1.99
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 light wear.)

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George DukeSave The Country ... CD
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $19.99
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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Freedom Sounds featuring Wayne HendersonPeople Get Ready ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good- ... $2.99
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. Cover has two cutout holes and some flaking near the opening.)

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Jeff LorberIt's A Fact ... LP
Arista, 1981. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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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Monk MontgomeryBass Odyssey ... LP
Chisa, 1971. Very Good ... $24.99
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. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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 ... LP
Capricorn, 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
A classic album 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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sea LevelSea Level/Long Walk On A Short Pier ... CD
Capricorn/Real Gone, 1977/1979. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
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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✨✧ VariousBlue Bacharach – A Cooler Shaker ... CD
Blue Note, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Groovy compilation of Burt Bacharach tracks, played by jazz artists from the Blue Note label, and from other labels in the EMI roster, like Pacific Jazz and Capitol. Titles include "Wives & Lovers" by Grant Green, "The Look Of Love" by The Three Sounds, "Do You Know The Way To San Jose" by Groove Holmes, "This Guy's In Love With You" by Stanley Turrentine, and "Promises, Promises" by The Jazz Crusaders. Lots more groovy stuff, and the usual strong flair for selection that graces these Blue Note UK comps. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ DeodatoKnights Of Fantasy ... LP
Warner, 1979. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Smooth jazzy work from Deodato – a record that takes off from his electric keyboard work of the early 70s, and shows his growing interest in modern soul and R&B a the time! Deodato's still a few years way from some of his famous soul production work, but he's already got a great ear for a groove – and works in a style that's tight, but never too slick – the best Joe Sample or Crusaders territory, but even more groove oriented too. You can definitely hear Deodato's growing taste for modern soul here – especially on the seminal club jammer "Whistle Bump", which is a tight keyboard-driven groove, with some sweeping strings underneath wah wah guitar. The cut's the real standout on the album – although there's a few other nice moments, like "Space Dust" and "Lovely Lady", which has a great mellow Bob James-ish sound. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a gold promo stamp.)

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✨✧ CrusadersSouthern Comfort ... CD
MCA, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album from The Crusaders – and a set that really has them sweetening up their groove with lots of tasty R&B touches! The guitar's a bit more pronounced in the mix on this one – setting up some tightly funky rhythms that almost seem to free up the horns even more for solo work – resulting in a sound that brings together all the best bits of the LA scene into one impeccable album of smooth jazzy funk! Titles includes their classic "Stomp & Buck Dance", plus lots of other nice groovers like "Double Bubble", "Time Bomb", "The Well's Gone Dry", "Whispering Pines", "Lillies Of The Nile", "Greasy Spoon", and "Super Stuff". A double-length set, too – at a single CD price! CD
 
 
 



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