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Film Review

The Crusaders: Live at Montreux 2003

Read "The Crusaders: Live at Montreux 2003" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


The Crusaders Live at Montreux 2003 Eagle Eye Media 2009

The Jazz Crusaders was formed in 1960 from a group that played together in Houston, Texas. Stix Hooper, Joe Sample and Wilton Felder moved out to form the new band and pulled in Wayne Henderson to complete the basic quartet. They got rid of “Jazz" in the group's title in 1971, a reflection of the assimilation of the different streams their music imbibed including ...

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Must Hear Review

The Crusaders: Crusaders I

Read "The Crusaders: Crusaders I" reviewed by John Ballon


Most people think that when the Jazz Crusaders dropped the “Jazz" from their name, they also dropped the jazz from their playing. When the band first decided to call themselves the Crusaders, it was only to expand their musical horizons beyond what was narrowly defined as “jazz" at the time. True, the band quickly came to symbolize the commercial dumbing-down of once vibrant and creative jazz musicians in the lean years of the 1970s.And true, the band eventually ...

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Album Review

The Crusaders: Rural Renewal

Read "Rural Renewal" reviewed by Farrell Lowe


A reunion can often be a poignant event, filled with old friends, happy introductions to new faces, and revisions to relational habits; it can also lead to ossification. Rural Renewal exhibits most of these features. Expect nothing new from this album, but if you're a fan of The Crusaders' 1980s music, you'll find more of that sound with this offering.

Every track features the smooth funk grooves that made this group a crossover hit. Everything is exactly in its place, ...


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