Wilton Felder is well known to jazz fans as the saxophonist
and composer who spent some thirty years playing, along
with Joe Sample, Stix Hooper, and Wayne Henderson in the
phenomenally successful Crusaders. The group’s
combination of jazz, soul, r&b, and gospel influences
created a sound that was rooted in jazz, but which was
accessible to listeners raised on pop and rock music.
Unlike many fusion bands, The Crusaders never lost their
blues and soul roots, which was one key to their success.
Another was the fact that each musician had a definite style
on their instrument, and it was a pleasure to listen to each of