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The Crusaders were a prominent jazz fusion group that originally formed in Houston, Texas, in 1960. They initially went by the name "The Jazz Crusaders" and were known for their hard bop and soul jazz style. The original members of the group included Wilton Felder (saxophone), Wayne Henderson (trombone), Joe Sample (piano), Stix Hooper (drums), and Hubert Laws (flute).

In the late 1960s, the band began to shift their musical style towards jazz fusion and soul jazz, and they dropped the "Jazz" from their name, becoming simply "The Crusaders." This change reflected their move towards a more electric and groove-oriented sound.

The Crusaders became well-known for their mix of jazz, R&B, and funk, and they released numerous albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Some of their most famous tracks include "Street Life" and "Keep That Same Old Feeling." "Street Life" featured the vocals of Randy Crawford and became a major crossover hit.

The band's music was influential and widely regarded in the jazz fusion and smooth jazz genres, and they enjoyed commercial success as well as critical acclaim. The Crusaders continued to perform and record music into the 1990s, with various lineup changes. Over the years, they left a significant impact on the world of jazz and fusion music.


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Mosaic Records
2005

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Rural Renewal

Verve Music Group
2003

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Healing The Wounds

GRP Records
1997

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Pacific Jazz
1993

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The Vocal Album

MCA Records
1987

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