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Crusaders - Street Life [MCA MCA-3094] (1979)

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Artist:

Crusaders

Title:

Street Life

Released: 1979
Label: MCA
Catalog: MCA-3094
Genre: Jazz
Pressed at MCA Pinckneyville
Hole punched cover


Matrix / Runout (Side A):
MCA 1749 AM4

Matrix / Runout (Side B):
MCA 1750 AM7
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Street Life
02 My Lady
03 Rodeo Drive (High Steppin')
04 Carnival Of The Night
05 The Hustler
06 Night Faces
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Album Review

Scott Yanow [allmusic.com]

Although the Crusaders could not have known it at the time, their recording of ''Street Life'' (which features a memorable vocal by Randy Crawford) was a last hurrah for the 20-year old group. Their recordings of the next few years would decline in interest until the band gradually faded away in the '80s. However this particular set is well worth picking up for the 11-minute title cut and there is good playing by the three original members (Wilton Felder on tenor, soprano and electric bass, keyboardist Joe Sample and drummer Stix Hooper) along with guitarist Barry Finnerty; horn and string sections, plus additional guitarists are utilized on Sample's commercial but listenable arrangements.

Crusaders' Biography

Scott Yanow [allmusic.com]

Back in 1954, Houston pianist Joe Sample teamed up with high school friends tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder and drummer Stix Hooper to form the Swingsters. Within a short time, they were joined by trombonist Wayne Henderson, flutist Hubert Laws, and bassist Henry Wilson and the group became the Modern Jazz Sextet. With the move of Sample, Felder, Hooper, and Henderson to Los Angeles in 1960, the band (a quintet with the bass spot constantly changing) took on the name of the Jazz Crusaders. The following year they made their first recordings for Pacific Jazz and throughout the 1960s the group was a popular attraction, mixing together R&B and Memphis soul elements with hard bop; its trombone/tenor frontline became a trademark. By 1971, when all of the musicians were also busy with their own projects, it was decided to call the group simply the Crusaders so it would not be restricted to only playing jazz. After a few excellent albums during the early part of the decade (with guitarist Larry Carlton a strong asset), the group began to decline in quality. In 1975, the band's sound radically changed when Henderson departed to become a full-time producer. 1979's ''Street Life'' was a hit, but also a last hurrah. With Hooper's decision to leave in 1983, the group no longer sounded like the Crusaders and gradually disbanded. In the mid-'90s, Henderson and Felder had a reunion as the Crusaders but in reality only Joe Sample has had a strong solo career.
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