183

Jazz Crusaders: Louisiana Hot Sauce

By

Sign in to view read count
The current band called the "Jazz Crusaders" is really the old Crusaders' trombone-tenor sax tandem of Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder. They still sound great together, but for this album they were searching for a new setting for their trademark duo sound. The result is what has to be the most pervasive, carried-to-an-extreme concept album I've ever seen. The concept is Cajun cookin' (the album is sub-titled "Music for All Kitchens - Extra Hot!"). The theme is carried throughout the music, the song titles, the cover art, and the liner notes. It almost wears out it's welcome, except that the concept works so well and the music is so good.

Typical is "Crawdaddy," which features a darting horn line (reminiscent of "Chain Reaction") with Dixieland clarinet, hard back-beat, and snippets of rappish vocal chanting. Various new and traditional New Orleans influences permeate the album, right alongside heavy, funky programmed beats on all four, occasional rap, and soul vocals. But no matter the setting, Henderson and Felder are instantly recognizable.

Dionne Warwicj is an unlikely guest artist. Her feature sort of breaks the thematic flow of the album (which isn't a bad thing), but it's a nice tune and it's well arranged and executed. She still has it.

| Record Label: Sin-Drome | Style: Contemporary/Smooth


Shop

More Articles

Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Motorman's Son CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Sunday Night At The Vanguard" CD/LP/Track Review Sunday Night At The Vanguard
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 18, 2016
Read "Niechęć" CD/LP/Track Review Niechęć
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 16, 2016
Read "Live in Tokyo" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Tokyo
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: November 18, 2016
Read "Infinitude" CD/LP/Track Review Infinitude
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 31, 2016
Read "Planet" CD/LP/Track Review Planet
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 28, 2016
Read "Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968" CD/LP/Track Review Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 18, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!