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Jazz CrusadersOld Socks New Shoes – New Socks Old Shoes ... LP
Chisa, 1970. Very Good- Gatefold ... $2.99
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
(Cover has a split top seam.)

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Jazz CrusadersTough Talk (70s double LP version) ... LP
Blue Note, 1960s/1973. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
Killer compilation of short hard funky soul jazz tracks from the 1960s, featuring some of the best recordings that the Crusaders ever cut for the Pacific Jazz label! The tracks are excellent, with a tight LA groove that the band virtually invented – and sharp, concise solos that ring out nicely through most of the tracks. Titles include "Some Samba", "Close Shave", "Aqua Dulce", "Turkish Black", "Lazy Canary", "Stix March", "Free Sample", and "MJS Funk". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersLighthouse '69 ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1969. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Damn, these cats never stopped! Even though the Crusaders made a number of albums at the Lighthouse over the years – they were all pretty darn great, and they featured the band playing some of their best work on records in the 60s! This excellent set mixes funk and soul jazz – in the freer mode that the band was hitting at the time, but without losing any of their earlier hard tonky groove! Joe Sample plays some great electric piano along the lines of the group's Chisa work – and Wilton Felder's solos are harder than we remember. Titles include "Svenska Flicka", "It's Gotta Be Real", "Reflections", and "It's Your Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
 
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Bobby BryantEarth Dance ... LP
World Pacific, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ... $4.99
Killer groovers from trumpeter Bobby Bryant – with more than enough force in the rhythms to make the entire earth dance! The mighty Wayne Henderson's along for the set, helping Bobby out – making one of his first steps away from the Jazz Crusaders to produce another artist – and really pointing the way towards some of his best jazz funk sessions of the 70s! The group is large, but mighty tight – and sports players like Ernie Watts on tenor, Joe Sample on keyboards, Herman Riley on saxes, Freddie Hill on trumpet, and George Bohannon on trombone – a wicked lineup that bounces nicely on electric basslines from Wilton Felder! There's a great crisp edge to all cuts – and titles include "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Happiness Is A Warm Gun", "Cristo Redentor", and Freddie Hubbard's "Crisis". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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CrusadersChain Reaction (Original Master Recording) ... LP
Mobile Fidelity/Blue Thumb, 1975. Very Good+ ... $11.99
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
(Cover is wrinkled with some flaking on the bottom 4 inches.)

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✨✧ CrusadersCrusaders 1 ... CD
Chisa/Blue Thumb, 1971. Used ... $8.99
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". CD

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CrusadersFree As The Wind ... LP
MCA, 1977. Very Good+ ... $3.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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CrusadersLive – New Orleans 1977 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
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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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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Michael FranksSleeping Gypsy ... LP
Warner, 1977. Very Good- ... $0.99
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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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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VariousAfro Blue Vol 2 – The Roots & Rhythms Of Jazz ... CD
Blue Note, 1998. Used ... $8.99
Despite the "primitivist" sort of leanings you might expect from the "roots" in the title, this is actually a nice batch of tracks from the catalogs of Blue Note and World Pacific during the 60's – and they're all jazz tracks that have a slight Africanist influence, but which are certainly not African tracks themselves. The 13 tracks include loads of nice hard to find ones, including "Blue Dashiki" by Blue Mitchell, "Appointment in Ghana" by the Jazz Crusaders, "Marabi" by Cannonball Adderley, "Ghana Spice" Candido, "Zulu" by Randy Weston, "Zambia" by Lee Morgan, and "Follow Me To Africa" by Solomon Ilori & His Afro Drum Ensemble. CD
(Mark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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✨✧ CrusadersCrusaders 1 ... LP
Chisa/Blue Thumb, 1971. Used 2LP ... 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 splash stains.)
Also available Crusaders 1 ... CD 8.99

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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
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Ronnie LawsFriends & Strangers ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 the printed inner sleeve.)

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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 ... Temporarily 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
(Promotional CDr copy with artwork.)

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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.)

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✨✧ CrusadersPass The Plate ... LP
Chisa, 1971. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Great work from one of the funkiest periods in the career of the Jazz Crusaders – that point when they first dropped the "jazz" from their name, and started moving into groovier territory! The set's a bit electric, but never as much so as their later, bigger hits – just enough so that the basslines bump the tunes along strongly, and the keyboards start to sparkle in the mix too – but still leaving plenty of space for acoustic contributions on piano, trombone, and tenor. Arthur Adams joins the group for a bit of guitar, which is well-placed – and titles include the massive "Pass The Plate" medley, which runs for over 15 minutes – plus "Young Rabbits 71/72", "Goin' Down South", "Listen & You'll See", "Greasy Spoon", and "Treat Me Like Ya Treat Yaself". LP, Vinyl record album

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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
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Duke LumumbaJungle Funk ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Do yourself a favor, and buy this album – you won't be disappointed! The record is a gem all the way through – a really unique mixture of LA soul jazz and African rhythms, with a sound that's almost like Hugh Masekela sitting in with the Jazz Crusaders! Of course, there's a lot of Jazz Crusaders in the set – as Wilton Felder plays electric bass on the album, giving it a fantastic loping groove – but there's also plenty of unique albums on the record, especially its way of approaching the rhythms with a sly, syncopated groove that's immediately infectious! Duke's trumpet solos are great, and they're augmented by tenor work by Chester Washington and trombone by George Bohannon – all nicely grooving on the album's brilliant blend of jazzy tracks. Titles include "Jungle Funk", "Afrikaloo", "Akagruge", "Like It Is", "Mafam", and "Peace Brother". Somebody put this one on CD – and do us all a treat! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Randy Crawford, Flora Purim, Eddie Harris, et alSharky's Machine ... CD
Warner/Varese, 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest soundtracks ever for a Burt Reynolds film – and 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. CD
 
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✨✧ CrusadersSouthern Comfort ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1974. Used 2LP Gatefold ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Randy CrawfordWindsong ... LP
Warner, 1982. Used ... Out Of Stock
Randy Crawford at the height of her powers – working here with a sweet jazzy vibe, but a deeper sense of soul that makes her one of the few vocalists to balance so perfectly between both styles! The record has relatively full arrangements – smooth, but never too slick – and Randy's got this way of bursting out throughout, with that sort of youthful freshness that first made us fall in love with her sound when we heard her with The Crusaders. Titles include "Look Who's Lonely Now", "Letter Full Of Tears", "He Reminds Me", "Windsong", "One Hello", "Don't Come Knockin", "We Had A Love So Strong", and "This Night Won't Last Forever". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp & some light staining.)
 
 
 



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