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Jazz CrusadersBest Of The Jazz Crusaders ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1960s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A sweet little set of some of the Jazz Crusaders' best sides from the 60s – a hip swinging selection of short, tight, and very well played soul jazz numbers – grooving hard in a way that was very big with the jukebox and jazz AM crowd! The set list features a good mix of originals and covers – all expertly played with a tightly snapping groove that never misses a beat. Titles include "The Young Rabbits", "Hey Jude", "Tough Talk", "It's Your Thing", "Freedom Sound", "Love & Peace", "The Thing", and "Ooga Boo Ga Loo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Jazz CrusadersHeat Wave ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Nothing fancy – but some great short little soul jazz numbers that show The Jazz Crusaders grooving at their early best! The tenor of Wilton Felder, trombone of Wayne Henderson, and piano of Joe Sample really carry the set – and the album's got some great originals that include "Purple Onion", "Stix March", "Some Samba", "Close Shave", and "Free Sample". Also includes a nice reading of John Barry's "Theme From The L Shaped Room" and Les McCann's "Sassy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing – in nice shape!)

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersChile Con Soul ... CD
Pacific Jazz, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best 60s albums by the Crusaders – and a swinging Latin session to boot! The core group of The Jazz Crusaders is expanded with some funky flute from Hubert Laws, sweet organ licks from Clare Fischer, and lots of congas from Carlos Vidal – all of whom push the group past their usual (and excellent) soul jazz bag, into a realm of hard-grooving Latin numbers! The playing on the set is tremendous – as "in the pocket" as the group could be, but also a lot more hiply swinging and open to rhythmic changes. A total gem – with titles that include "Agua Dulce", "Tacos", "Soul Bourgeoisie", and "Latin Bit". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersLighthouse '69 ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily 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 split seams.)
 
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Randy Crawford, Flora Purim, Eddie Harris, et alSharky's Machine ... CD
Warner/Varese, 1981. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
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
Also available Sharky's Machine ... LP 7.99

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✨✧ Randy Crawford, Flora Purim, Eddie Harris, et alSharky's Machine ... LP
Warner, 1981. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $7.99
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 promo stamp.)
Also available Sharky's Machine ... CD 12.99

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CrusadersCrusaders 1 ... LP
Chisa/Blue Thumb, 1971. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $2.99
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 a center split on the top seam.)

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Freedom Sounds featuring Wayne HendersonPeople Get Ready ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $7.99
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

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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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Duke LumumbaJungle Funk ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
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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CrusadersFree As The Wind ... LP
MCA, 1977. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Cover has light wear and a gold promo stamp.)

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✨✧ CrusadersUnsung Heroes ... LP
Blue Thumb/Chisa, 1973. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Very nice heavy funk material, recorded by The Crusaders right at the pivotal time when they were moving from straigher soul jazz to a nice electric 70s groove! The record features some excellent original compositions by the band – like "Crossfire", "Unsung Heroes", "In The Middle Of The River", "Heavy Up", and "Night Theme". Very full-on playing, with a complexity not imagined on earlier records. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Freedom Sounds featuring Wayne HendersonPeople Get Ready ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
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.)
Also available People Get Ready ... LP 7.99

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Rainbow featuring Will BoulwareCrystal Green ... LP
Inner City/East Wind, 1976. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A buttery smooth set of Japanese fusion from the 70s – featuring all-star American players like Eric Gale, Steve Gadd, Ralph MacDonald, Cornell Dupree, Michael Brecker, and keyboardist Will Boulware. The strength of the set lies on the interplay between Boulware's work on Fender Rhodes and Arp, and Michael Brecker's tightly crafted tenor lines that nicely dot the album's lively soulful tunes – and the whole thing sparkles with the same mix of R&B and jazz that you'd expect from late 70s work by The Crusaders. Titles include "Hossan", "So True", "It Ain't No Use", "I Like It", and a smooth soulful cover of "Feel Like Makin Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing – on Inner City.)

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✨✧ Joe SampleCarmel ... LP
ABC, 1979. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Cover has a promo stamp and a small mark from an old sticker.)

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✨✧ VariousAll Day Thumbsucker Revisited – A History Of Blue Thumb Records ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1970s. Used 3LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mixed bag of tracks issued in 1995 to celebrate the history of the legendary Blue Thumb label from the 70s – and although there's a lot of rock numbers on here that we could do without, there's plenty of nice bits for groovers, too! Some of the best cuts are from albums that we can hardly ever find on vinyl, and the album's got a mix of jazz, Brazilian, Latin, soul, and funk tunes. Titles include "Bird's Word" by The Last Poets, "Images" by Sun Ra, "Breezin" by Gabor Szabo, "The Frog" by Joao Donato, "Blackbird" by Bossa Rio, "Fat Jam" by Ben Sidran, "Little Mama" by Luis Gasca, "Put It Where You Want It" by The Crusaders, and "Darkness Darkness" by Phil Upchurch. LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on blue, yellow, and orange vinyl. Cover has a creased corner and a small split on the spine.)

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✨✧ CrusadersHollywood ... LP
MoWest, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great record from The Crusaders – and an album that's really the start of the group's strong run of smooth funky jazz for the 70s – a very vibrant little set, even though the black and white cover makes the whole thing look a bit understated! The album's got the group dropping the "jazz" from their name, but it's still a great bit of LA funky soul jazz – with electric keyboards from Joe Sample that are very much in a late 60s mode, plus guitar from David T Walker and Arthur Adams, and bass from Chuck Rainey, in addition to fine work by regulars like Stix Hooper, Wayne Henderson, and Wilton Felder. Tracks have a tight and uncomplicated funky approach, with a slightly smooth edge – and titles include "Do Yourself A Favor", "Try A Little Harder", "Cold Duck Eddie", "Way Back Home", and the Afro-funky groover "Alekesam"! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ South Central Avenue Municipal Blues BandSoul Of Bonnie & Clyde ... LP
Bluesway/ABC, Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Forget the "blues" in the title – because this is funky jazz from LA! The record was one of many in the "Bonnie & Clyde" subgenre of the late 60s, released to cash in on either the fame of the movie or the single "Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde" – and like so many of those records, this one has nothing to do at all with the movie. Instead, the "blues band" is a collection of great LA soul jazzers – like Joe Sample, Bobby Bryant, Wayne Henderson, Artie Butler, and Paul Humphrey – grooving away in a style that sounds like some of the excellent Jazz Crusaders side projects from the late 60s on World Pacific. The band's got a pretty full sound, and although some tracks are trying for an older jazz sound that gets a bit bluesy at times – there's also some killer funky numbers written by Artie Butler with that groovy funky sound that he brought to his best soundtrack and funk work at the time. Arthur Adams gets in plenty of mean guitar licks – and titles include "How's Your Clyde?", "Bowl Of Soul", "Soul Of Bonnie & Clyde", "Blues For Bonnie & Clyde", and "South Central Ave Municipal Blues Band". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
 
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DeodatoKnights Of Fantasy ... LP
Warner, 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $3.99
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 light wear, a gold promo stamp, and a split bottom seam.)

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ShakatakInvitations (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
JVC (Japan), 1982. Used ... $23.99
The first Shakatak album to heavily use vocals – and a set that marks a great move by the group into soul music! At a time when jazzier styles were becoming welcome in 80s soul, Shakatak's sound is very well placed – a smooth blend of keyboards and guitar, set to sweet-stepping rhythms that also prove to be great for the female vocals on the set! The approach is a bit like some of the best soul fusion over at Columbia Records at the start of the 80s – or a bit like work coming from the Crusaders camp – and despite the UK origins of the set, the group more than match the best US releases of this nature at the time. Titles include "I Lose Myself", "Invitations", "Lonely Afternoon", "Steppin Out", "Usual Situation", and "Sol Fuego". CD
(Out of print Thailand release! Includes obi!)
 
 
 



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