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The Crusaders: Rural Renewal

Read "Rural Renewal" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It’s been more than twenty years since founding members Joe Sample (keyboards), Stix Hooper (drums), and Wilton Felder (saxophones) recorded together as the Crusaders. Though much proverbial water has since flowed under their bridge, with Rural Renewal the Crusaders get back to where they once belonged, straight to the heart of their joyous juke joint roots.

The first two cuts feature Eric Clapton on first acoustic and then electric guitar. The acoustic track is mostly a non-event, ...

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The Crusaders: Healing The Wounds

Read "Healing The Wounds" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Definitely, this is one of my favorite albums from the 1990s. I'm not even that big of a Crusaders fan (though I love Joe Sample's work). There is a tremendous groove element here along with some great melodies and, of course, some fine solos from Sample (especially) and saxophonist Wilton Felder. In fact, the album starts strong from the gate with the track Pessimisticism. There's a deep pocket here and Sample, as always skips along the top in his swinging ...


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