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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Various Venues
Montréal, Canada
June 27 -July 1, 2019

Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor

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Marcus Miller is most often described as a jazz, funk, soul, fusion, and R&B bassist. As much as that is accurate, it is a description that falls well short of the mark. Miller is a high-end musical sponge who manages to incorporate today's cultures and rhythms into his compositions, layered within the framework of sound he ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Larry Carlton & Robben Ford "Unplugged"

Larry Carlton & Robben Ford "Unplugged"

The New Morning club in Paris presents the incredible - and long awaited - pairing of two guitar giants for their first Unplugged show. Imagine: Larry Carlton and Special Guest Robben Ford, two legendary guitarists... one stage unplugged... a guitar lover’s dream! This unique pairing of two all-time great guitar legends delivers an unforgettable evening of ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Patrick Lamb to be Inducted Into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame

Patrick Lamb to be Inducted Into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame

Following his highly successful #5 Billboard Hit Single "Sweet Tea" and his latest chart climbing hit track, “Get Wid It," Funk/Soul/R&B/Jazz musician and song-writer Patrick Lamb was announced by the Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) as one of the inductees that will be honored at the 6th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert, ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

The Crusaders: Live at Montreux 2003

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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. ...

ARTICLE: 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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

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. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...