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The Jazz Crusaders: The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions

Read "The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions" reviewed by George Harris

If songs like “Scratch" come to mind when you think of the Jazz Crusaders, you are in for a real treat with this six-CD set. Originally including “jazz" in their moniker, Wayne Henderson (trombone), Wilton Felder (tenor), Joe Sample (piano) and Stix Hooper (drums) put together a collection of studio recordings that offers a pleasant surprise for mainstream jazz fans. This rocking set reveals the origins and many directions this multifaceted band took during the musically tumultuous '60s.

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Jazz Crusaders: The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions

Read "Jazz Crusaders: The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Jazz Crusaders The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions Mosaic Records 2005

You would think that in this day and age of compact disc reissues and with many years of activity under our belts that just about everything worthy of release has at one time or another made it to the stores. But even though jazz stands in good steed these days in terms of the availability of classic music, there still exists ...

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Jazz Crusaders: Louisiana Hot Sauce

Read "Louisiana Hot Sauce" reviewed by Dave Hughes

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 ...