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✨✧ CrusadersChain Reaction ... CD
Blue Thumb/MCA, 1975. Used ... $6.99
On this one, the Crusaders definitely crossed from jazz into funk – but who cares, because the album's so darn great! The disc'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 album is to jazz funk what Steely Dan's Aja was to 70s rock! CD

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✨✧ CrusadersGolden Years (3CD set) ... CD
GRP, 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. Used 3CD ... $9.99
32 tracks produced by Carl Griffin and spread out over 3 CDs. CD
(Out of print.)

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CrusadersPass The Plate ... CD
Chisa/Verve, 1971. Used ... $11.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Pass The Plate ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ CrusadersPass The Plate ... CD
Motown/Mo Jazz, 1971. Used ... $11.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Pass The Plate ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ CrusadersRoyal Jam – Recorded Live At The Royal Festival Hall, London ... CD
MCA, 1982. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The Crusaders meet BB King and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sidney Reginald Garris. CD
(Out of print.)

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Jazz CrusadersFreedom Sound ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1961. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Sublime early soul jazz from the Jazz Crusaders – a seminal set that really has the group taking off right away! The use of "freedom" in the title is well placed – as the set definitely shows the players stretching out a bit on their solos – hinting at the magic that would move even more forward during their Lighthouse recordings – while still hanging onto the great groove that took them from Texas to the top of the LA scene! Every player's got a key presence here – Wilton Felder on tenor, Wayne Henderson on trombone, Joe Sample on piano, and Stix Hooper on drums – and the set also features some guest rhythm work from Jimmy Bond on bass and Roy Gaines on guitar, both of whom bring a nice pulse to the set. Titles include "The Geek", "Freedom Sound", and "Coon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Liberty pressing. Cover has a small split in the top seam and some splitting in the bottom seam, in nice shape otherwise.)

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Jazz CrusadersOld Socks New Shoes – New Socks Old Shoes ... CD
Chisa/Mo Jazz, 1970. Used ... $11.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jazz CrusadersPowerhouse (Applause version) ... CD
Liberty/Applause, 1968. Used ... $9.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jazz CrusadersUh Huh (Applause pressing) ... CD
Applause/Liberty, 1967. Used ... $11.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ CrusadersChain Reaction ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 has some ring and edge wear, some price sticker remnants, and a light stain at the top right corner.)
Also available Chain Reaction ... CD 6.99

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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
(Barcode has a cutout hole, and booklet has a promo sticker. CD case has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ CrusadersLive – New Orleans 1977 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1977. Used ... 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
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersFestival Album – Recorded Live At The Newport & Pacific Jazz Festivals 1966 ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1966. Very Good+ 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, but this is a nice original copy overall!)

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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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✨✧ CrusadersHealing The Wounds ... CD
MCA/GRP, 1991. Used ... Out Of Stock
Lineup includes Joe Sample on piano and keys and Wilton Felder on saxes – plus Michael Landau on guitar, Marcus Miller on bass, Lenny Castro on percussion, and William 'Bubba' Bryant on drums CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ CrusadersStreet Life ... CD
Blue Thumb, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums ever from The Crusaders – a set that really sums up all the tightness they'd forged in the 70s, while still showing a new sense of soul and funk as well – expertly balanced with flawless LA production! The album may well be the group's equivalent of a Steely Dan album – no surprise, given the work they'd done on sessions for that group – and the title cut is the massive extended version of "Street Life", with killer vocals from Randy Crawford – and other titles include "My Lady", "Night Faces", "The Hustler", and "Rodeo Drive". CD

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✨✧ CrusadersUnsung Heroes ... LP
Blue Thumb/Chisa, 1973. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
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 small cutout hole, an unglued bottom seam and a small ink stain and peel spot from moisture.)

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✨✧ CrusadersCrusaders 1 ... CD
Chisa/Blue Thumb, 1971. New Copy ... 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". CD
 
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Citrus SunExpansions & Visions ... CD
Dome (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A great little record from the jazzier side of the Incognito universe – work from the excellent Citrus Sun project of Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick – done with some of the soulful vocal modes of his famous group, but also a lot stronger focus on the instrumentation – with plenty of room for solos, and maybe the use of vocals that you'd find on an old album by The Crusaders! Matt Cooper provides some excellent keyboards – and the set features vocal appearances from Noel McKoy, Valerie Ettiene, Deborah Bond, and Bluey himself – on titles that include nice remakes of "California Soul" and "Expansions" – plus the originals "Diamond In The Sun", "Amando O Velho Mundo", "Hard Boiled", "Hey Now", and "Stay You" – the last of which is a tribute to Leon Ware! CD

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Randy CrawfordNaked & True ... CD
Blue Moon, 1995. Used ... $3.99
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". CD
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Randy Crawford, Flora Purim, Eddie Harris, et alSharky's Machine ... LP
Warner, 1981. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
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

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✨✧ Wilton FelderWe All Have A Star/Inherit The Wind ... CD
ABC/Robinsongs (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy ... $12.99
A pair of albums from saxophonist Wilton Felder – back to back on a single CD! We All Have A Star offers up solo sounds from Crusaders reedman Wilton Felder – a really great set that's very much in the best vibe of his larger group at the time – yet one that also offers up a stronger focus on Wilton's sublime solo work on tenor! The album's got plenty of Crusaders help on board – given that Stix Hooper and Joe Sample produced the set along with Wilton – and the vibe's a wonderful blend of electric backings, with especially great keyboard lines, and Felder's well-phrased saxophone lines over the top! A few cuts feature vocals – sung by Angela Bryant or Debbie Demoia Ross – and titles include "We All Have A Star", "I Know Who I Am", "The Cycles Of Time", "Why Believe", "Ride On", and "You & Me & Ecstasy". Inherit The Wind is one of the best Crusaders-related solo projects – a soulful bit of fusion from saxophonist Wilton Felder, co-produced with his fellow Crusaders! The album's got the best sunny finish of the group's late 70s albums – traces of Latin, funk, and soul bubbling through a warm jazzy mix – staying soulful all the way through, and coming up with a sound that's smooth, but never sleepy. The blueprint for a million other records – none of which ever sounded this good! Titles include "Insight", "LA Light", "Until The Morning Comes", "Someday We'll All Be Free", and "Inherit The Wind". CD

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Takehiro HondaWhat's Going On ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $24.99
Early soul jazz piano work from Takehiro Honda – recorded in a style that's quite different than most of his later albums! The sound here is full and rich – with Honda's work on the keys augmented by fuller backings arranged by Teddy Adams – all recorded in the US (we think), with a quality that's a fair bit like some of the best soul jazz coming out of LA at the end of the 60s! Honda plays both acoustic and electric piano – and the groove has a hiply vamping style that's always verging on funky, but which is a bit more laidback overall. The record echoes with plenty of the best influences from Les McCann, The Crusaders, Gerald Wilson, and other west coast soul jazz figures – and titles include "Greasy Spoon", "Sham Time", "Ain't Tell You A Good Way But", "Ain't It Funky Now", "What's Going On", and "Check Out Your Mind" CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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Quincy JonesDude ... LP
A&M, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99 On June 11, 2021
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
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Ronnie LawsFriends & Strangers ... CD
EMI/Manhattan, 1977. Used ... $16.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Shuggie OtisHere Comes Shuggie Otis (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Epic, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
A classic album of bluesy funk – one that features the guitar of Johnny Otis' young son Shuggie, in a slightly tighter setting than he'd been getting on some of Johnny's own LPs! Shuggie here is still very much under the guidance of his dad – working in a mode that really emphasizes the fuzzier side of his guitar, in a style that was clearly an attempt to hook Shuggie up with the Hendrix audience. Not that that's a problem, though – as the record also features some stone funky playing too, as well as organ work by Leon Haywood, sax by Preston Love, and some other great studio work by members of The Crusaders! Tracks include "Hurricane", "Shuggie's Boogie", "Bootie Cooler", "Funky Thithee" and "The Hawks". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousGarland Records – Pacific Northwest Jukebox ... CD
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A really great collection that charts a very unusual strain of music – tracks from the Pacific Northwest scene that represent a slice of their famous garage rock style leaning a bit more towards soul music – with results that make this whole collection a fantastic discovery of new music! As with the others in this series, the work here was recorded for the tiny Garland Records label, and includes some unissued material – but unlike the others, there's much more funk and soul running through the mix – even though the singers and groups are still blue-eyed acts from the farther reaches of the Pacific coast! There's a vibe here that's almost like the Memphis groups that were picking up an influence from Stax, or some of the Detroit rockers who were equally shaped by Motown – on titles that include "Lead Me On" by Dart, "It's Alright" by Baldwin Brothers, "Any Day Now" by White Feather, "Just One Time" by Cornucopia, "Mr Love" by Prince Charles & The Crusaders, "Findin My Own Kind Of Song" by Crystal Teardrop, "Freedom Train" by White Feather, "Don't Cry No More" by Dart, "Dorchester Summer" by Cyrstal Teardrop, and "Reach Out I'll Be There" by Morning Reign. CD
Also available Garland Records – Pacific Northwest Jukebox (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

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VariousGarland Records – Pacific Northwest Jukebox (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
A really great collection that charts a very unusual strain of music – tracks from the Pacific Northwest scene that represent a slice of their famous garage rock style leaning a bit more towards soul music – with results that make this whole collection a fantastic discovery of new music! As with the others in this series, the work here was recorded for the tiny Garland Records label, and includes some unissued material – but unlike the others, there's much more funk and soul running through the mix – even though the singers and groups are still blue-eyed acts from the farther reaches of the Pacific coast! There's a vibe here that's almost like the Memphis groups that were picking up an influence from Stax, or some of the Detroit rockers who were equally shaped by Motown – on titles that include "Lead Me On" by Dart, "It's Alright" by Baldwin Brothers, "Any Day Now" by White Feather, "Just One Time" by Cornucopia, "Mr Love" by Prince Charles & The Crusaders, "Findin My Own Kind Of Song" by Crystal Teardrop, "Freedom Train" by White Feather, "Don't Cry No More" by Dart, "Dorchester Summer" by Cyrstal Teardrop, and "Reach Out I'll Be There" by Morning Reign. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Garland Records – Pacific Northwest Jukebox ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Donald ByrdEthiopian Knights (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet electric funk – in a very trippy style, and very different than the later funky fusion from trumpeter Donald Byrd! Before Byrd hooked up with Larry Mizell and started recording his smooth fusion grooves of the mid 70s – on records like Blackbyrd and Street Lady – he recorded this gem, kind of a "lost" album that has Donald working in an open-ended electric sound – one that's clearly inspired by the experiments of Miles Davis, but which has a generally funkier feel overall! The tracks are very long – with lots of spiraling keyboard and trumpet solos – and the hip players on the set include Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, David T Walker on guitar, Harold Land on tenor, and Joe Sample on organ – a very cool combo that's got a cross between The Crusaders and the Hutcherson/Land quintet! We love the tracks on this set – especially "The Emperor" and "The Little Rasti", which are both over 15 minutes long, and have a haunting spacey sound that's a departure from Donald's usual work! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Randy CrawfordThrough The Eyes Of Love ... CD
Warner, 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet grooves from Randy Crawford, and a set that does a really nice job of bringing back some of the jazzier elements from her roots – some warm Crusaders-like inflections that bring Crawford right back to her best sort of style! Instrumentation is nicely laidback at points – still smooth, but maybe a bit more relaxed than some of Randy's late 80s efforts – showing that return to classic elements that was coming into a lot of mainstream soul at the time. The approach works better here with Crawford than it does with most of her contemporaries – some of whom were caught out in the open without any studio tricks to help them out. Titles include "It's Raining", "Who's Crying Now", "When Love Is New", "Diamonte", "Just A Touch", "Like The Sun Out of Nowhere", and "Hold On Be Strong". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wilton FelderWe All Have A Star/Inherit The Wind ... CD
ABC/Robinsongs (UK), 1978/1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of albums from saxophonist Wilton Felder – back to back on a single CD! We All Have A Star offers up solo sounds from Crusaders reedman Wilton Felder – a really great set that's very much in the best vibe of his larger group at the time – yet one that also offers up a stronger focus on Wilton's sublime solo work on tenor! The album's got plenty of Crusaders help on board – given that Stix Hooper and Joe Sample produced the set along with Wilton – and the vibe's a wonderful blend of electric backings, with especially great keyboard lines, and Felder's well-phrased saxophone lines over the top! A few cuts feature vocals – sung by Angela Bryant or Debbie Demoia Ross – and titles include "We All Have A Star", "I Know Who I Am", "The Cycles Of Time", "Why Believe", "Ride On", and "You & Me & Ecstasy". Inherit The Wind is one of the best Crusaders-related solo projects – a soulful bit of fusion from saxophonist Wilton Felder, co-produced with his fellow Crusaders! The album's got the best sunny finish of the group's late 70s albums – traces of Latin, funk, and soul bubbling through a warm jazzy mix – staying soulful all the way through, and coming up with a sound that's smooth, but never sleepy. The blueprint for a million other records – none of which ever sounded this good! Titles include "Insight", "LA Light", "Until The Morning Comes", "Someday We'll All Be Free", and "Inherit The Wind". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available We All Have A Star/Inherit The Wind ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Michael FranksSleeping Gypsy ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Niney & FriendsBlood & Fire – Hit Sounds From The Observer Station 1970 to 1978 ... CD
Trojan (UK), 1970s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
50 heavy cuts of pure niceness from Niney the Observer! Like Lee Perry and Bunny Lee, Niney Holness had the magic touch for coming up with enduring roots reggae and delivering timeless classics from the producer's chair, as this burning 2 disc set covering a nice swath of the man's career shows. You get all flavors of roots here, whether it's sweet vocal numbers, deep dubs and versions or mad dee jay toasting. The set starts out with Niney's signature cut, "Blood & Fire" and it doesn't let up from there. Also includes "Mr Brown Coffin" by Dennis Alcapone & Lizzy, "Rasta Band Wagon" by Max Romeo, "When Jah Speak" by Murt, Turt & Purt, "Message To The Ungodly" and "Rasta No Pick Pocket" by Niney, "Westbound Train" and "Cassandra" by Dennis Brown, "Bring The Couchie Come" by the Reggae Crusaders, "Leggo The Wrong" by Astley Bennett, "I Man A African" by the Sons Of Selassie, "Half Way Up The Stairs" by Delroy Wilson, "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" and "Clap The Barber" by Michael Rose, "Dub Roots Of David" by King Tubby's & the Observer, "Flat Foot Hustling" and "Nebuchadnezzar" by Dillinger, "I Heart Is Clean" by Cornell Campbell, "Slave Master" by Gregory Isaacs, "Mr Do Over Man Song" by The Heptones and "Lovers Rock, Ja Style" by Freddie McGregor. CD
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✨✧ Sea LevelOn The Edge ... LP
Capricorn, 1978. Near Mint- ... 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

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✨✧ VariousClassic Funk 2 – Definitive Classic Funk Mastercuts Vol 2 ... CD
Mastercuts (UK), 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A dozen tasty funk tracks – all classics, and all from the best years of the genre! Most of the tracks on the set are extended groovers that broke big in the day, and which keep on breaking again and again – thanks to a strong groove that's appealing to endless new generations of listeners! Titles include "Express Yourself (part 1)" by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band, "Stomp & Buck Dance" by The Crusaders, "The Ghetto" by Donny Hathaway, "The Boss" by James Brown, "Baby Let Me Take You" by The Detroit Emeralds, "Jive Turkey" by The Ohio Players, "You Can Have Watergate" by The JBs, "Movin" by Brass Construction, "It's Alright Now" by Eddie Harris, and "Do It Fluid" by The Blackbyrds. CD
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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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