The Crusaders

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American jazz group formed in Los Angeles in 1960.
Houston Texas school friends Wilton Felder (tenor sax, bass), Nesbert "Stix" Hooper (percussion) and Joe Sample (keyboards) playing together in a high school marching band, forming the Swingsters in 1954. While attending Texas Southern University, they met Wayne Henderson (trombone) and with two others formed the Modern Jazz Sextet. 1958 saw the future Jazz Crusaders Sample, Felder, Hooper and Henderson drop out of college and move to Los Angeles, where they performed as The Nite Hawks. In 1960, they returned to jazz and formed the Jazz Crusaders as a quintet with a succession of different bass players, landing a contract with World Pacific Jazz in 1961. As the 1960s progressed their hard bop stylings evolved with the times incorporating more of a soul-jazz feeling. Shortening their name to The Crusaders in 1971, most of the 1970's saw them with Blue Thumb Records, by which time they had become even funkier utilizing the guitar vamps of new member Larry Carlton. Their best-known hit “Street Life” was responsible for bringing guest vocalist Randy Crawford to the public attention. The group is perhaps best remembered as backing musicians on more the 200 gold records, backing Steely Dan, Curtis Mayfield, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, & Van Morrison to name a few.
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PJ-27 The Crusaders - Freedom Sound album art The Jazz Crusaders* Freedom Sound (Album) Pacific Jazz PJ-27 US 1961 Sell This Version
ST-43 The Crusaders - Lookin' Ahead album art The Jazz Crusaders* Lookin' Ahead (Album) Pacific Jazz ST-43 US 1962 Sell This Version
PJ-57, ST-57 The Crusaders - At The Lighthouse album art The Jazz Crusaders* At The Lighthouse (Album) Pacific Jazz PJ-57, ST-57 US 1962 Sell This Version
PJ-81 The Crusaders - Jazz Waltz album art Les McCann & The Jazz Crusaders* Les McCann & The Jazz Crusaders* - Jazz Waltz (Album) Pacific Jazz PJ-81 US 1963 Sell This Version
ST-68 The Crusaders - Tough Talk album art The Jazz Crusaders* Tough Talk (Album) Pacific Jazz ST-68 US 1963 Sell This Version
ST-76, PJ-76 The Crusaders - Heat Wave album art The Jazz Crusaders* Heat Wave (Album) Pacific Jazz, Pacific Jazz ST-76, PJ-76 US 1963 Sell This Version
PJ-83 The Crusaders - Stretchin' Out album art Jazz Crusaders* Stretchin' Out (Album) Pacific Jazz PJ-83 US 1964 Sell This Version
PJ 87, 87, ST-87 The Crusaders - The Thing album art The Jazz Crusaders* The Thing (Album) Pacific Jazz, Pacific Jazz, Pacific Jazz PJ 87, 87, ST-87 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
ST-20092 The Crusaders - Chile Con Soul album art The Jazz Crusaders* Chile Con Soul (Album) Pacific Jazz ST-20092 US 1965 Sell This Version
ST-20098 The Crusaders - Live At The Lighthouse '66 album art The Jazz Crusaders* Live At The Lighthouse '66 (Album) Pacific Jazz ST-20098 Canada 1966 Sell This Version
PJ-10106 The Crusaders - Talk That Talk album art The Jazz Crusaders* Talk That Talk (Album, MiniAlbum) Pacific Jazz, Pacific Jazz PJ-10106 US 1966 Sell This Version
ST-20115 The Crusaders - The Festival Album album art The Jazz Crusaders* The Festival Album (Album) Pacific Jazz ST-20115 US 1966 Sell This Version
ST-20124 The Crusaders - Uh Huh album art The Jazz Crusaders* Uh Huh (Album) Pacific Jazz ST-20124 US 1967 Sell This Version
ST-20131 The Crusaders - Lighthouse '68 album art The Jazz Crusaders* Lighthouse '68 (Album) Pacific Jazz ST-20131 US 1968 Sell This Version
ST 20136 The Crusaders - Powerhouse album art The Jazz Crusaders* Powerhouse (Album) Pacific Jazz ST 20136 US 1969 Sell This Version
ST-20165 The Crusaders - Lighthouse '69 album art The Jazz Crusaders* Lighthouse '69 (Album) World Pacific Jazz, Pacific Jazz ST-20165 US 1969 Sell This Version
LST 11005, LST-11005 The Crusaders - Give Peace A Chance album art The Jazz Crusaders* Give Peace A Chance (Album) Liberty LST 11005, LST-11005 US 1970 Sell This Version
CS 804 The Crusaders - Old Socks, New Shoes...New Socks, Old Shoes album art The Jazz Crusaders* Old Socks, New Shoes...New Socks, Old Shoes (Album) Chisa (2) CS 804 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
CS 807 The Crusaders - Pass The Plate album art The Crusaders Pass The Plate (Album) Chisa (2) CS 807 US 1971 Sell This Version
MW 118 L The Crusaders - Hollywood album art The Crusaders Hollywood (Album) MoWest, MoWest MW 118 L US 1972 Sell This Version
YW-8009 10-AU The Crusaders - Crusaders 1 album art The Crusaders Crusaders 1 (Album) Blue Thumb Records YW-8009 10-AU Japan 1972 Sell This Version
BTS 6007 The Crusaders - Unsung Heroes album art The Crusaders Unsung Heroes (Album) Blue Thumb Records, Chisa (2) BTS 6007 US 1973 Sell This Version
BTS 7000-2 The Crusaders - The 2nd Crusade album art The Crusaders The 2nd Crusade (Album) Blue Thumb Records, Chisa (2) BTS 7000-2 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
BTSY-9002-2 The Crusaders - Southern Comfort album art The Crusaders Southern Comfort (Album) ABC Blue Thumb, Blue Thumb Records, Chisa (2) BTSY-9002-2 US 1974 Sell This Version
SWX-6116 The Crusaders - Scratch album art The Crusaders Scratch (Album) Blue Thumb Records, Chisa (2) SWX-6116 Japan 1974 Sell This Version