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Jazz Crusaders (1960-1970) discography

This is a discography of albums by the Jazz Crusaders released between 1961 and 1970 and compilations that collect tracks from those albums..

The Jazz Crusaders were formed in Los Angeles in 1960 by a group of musicians from Houston. These musicians, Wilton Felder, Wayne Henderson, Joe Sample and Stix Hooper, were the core members of the group through the 1960's. The group released a series of albums on Pacific Jazz between 1961 and 1969.

In 1971 the group name was shortened to The Crusaders and the musical direction of the band changed. This group performed and recorded through the 1970s and periodically afterwards. Wayne Henderson revived the Jazz Crusaders name for a group he started in 1995 but, other than the name, there was little connection with the 1960s group. Discographies for the Crusaders and the 1990s Jazz Crusaders will be listed on a separate pages if added to the site.


Jazz Crusaders discography

Freedom Sound, The Jazz Crusaders, 1961, Pacific Jazz PJ 27

Tracks : The Geek, M.J.S. Funk, That's It, Freedom Sound, Theme From Exodus, Coon

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Roy Gaines, Jimmy Bond, Sticks Hooper

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Lookin' Ahead, The Jazz Crusaders, 1962, Pacific Jazz PJ 43

Tracks : Song Of India, Big Hunk Of Funk, Tonight, 507 Neyland, Till All Ends, Tortoise And The Hare, In A Dream, Sinnin' Sam, The Young Rabbits

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Jimmy Bond, Sticks Hooper

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At The Lighthouse, The Jazz Crusaders, 1962, Pacific Jazz PJ 57

Tracks : Congolese Sermon, Cathy's Dilemma, Blues For Ramona, Weather Beat, Scandalizing, Appointment In Ghana

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Victor Gaskin, Sticks Hooper

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Tough Talk, The Jazz Crusaders, 1963, Pacific Jazz PJ 68

Tracks : Deacon Brown, Turkish Black, Brahm's Lullaby, Boopie, Tough Talk, No Name Samba, Lazy Canary, Lonely Horn, Brother Bernard

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Bobby Haynes, Stix Hooper

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Heat Wave, The Jazz Crusaders, 1963, Pacific Jazz PJ 76

Tracks : On Broadway, Green Back Dollar, Close Shave, Free Sample, Mr. Sandman, Heat Wave, Sassy, Theme From The L-Shaped Room, Some Samba, Stix March, Purple Onion

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Bobby Haynes, Stix Hooper

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Jazz Waltz, Les McCann & The Jazz Crusaders, 1964, Pacific Jazz PJ 81

Tracks : Spanish Castles, Blues For Yna Yna, Damascus, 3/4 For God & Co, Bluesette, Big City, This Here, Jitterbug Waltz, All Blue, Jazz Waltz

Musicians : Les McCann, Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Bobby Haynes, Stix Hooper

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Stretchin' Out, The Jazz Crusaders, 1964, Pacific Jazz PJ 83

Tracks : Long John, Robbin's Nest, You Are Only Sometimes Rain, Out Back, Bachafillen, I'll Remember Tomorrow, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, Sweetwater

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Joe Pass, Monk Montgomery, Stix Hooper

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The Thing, The Jazz Crusaders, 1965, Pacific Jazz PJ 87

Tracks : The Thing, Sunset In Mountains, While The City Sleeps, White Cobra, New Time Shuffle, Para Mi Espoza, Soul Kosher

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Monk Montgomery, Victor Gaskin, Stix Hooper

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Chile Con Soul, The Jazz Crusaders, 1965, Pacific Jazz PJ 10092

Tracks : Agua Dulce (Sweetwater), Soul Bourgeoisie, Ontem A Note, Tough Talk, Tacos, Latin Bit, The Breeze And I, Dulzura

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Hubert Laws, Joe Sample, Clare Fischer, Al McKibbon, Stix Hooper, Carlos Vidal, Hungaria Garcia

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Live At Lighthouse '66, The Jazz Crusaders, 1965, Pacific Jazz PJ 10098

Tracks : Aleluia, Blues Up Tight, You Don't Know What Love Is, Miss It, Scratch, Doin' That Thing, Milestones

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Clare Fischer, Leroy Vinnegar, Stix Hooper

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Talk That Talk, The Jazz Crusaders, 1966, Pacific Jazz 10106

Tracks : Walkin' My Cat Named Dog, Studewood, I Can't Believe You Love Me, There Is A Time (Le Temps), Hey Girl, Uptight (Everything's Alright), Arrastao, Mohair Sam, Walk On By, 1, 2, 3, The Shadow Do, Turkish Black

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Leroy Vinnegar, Stix Hooper

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The Festival Album, The Jazz Crusaders, 1967, Pacific Jazz 10115

Tracks : The Pacific Jazz Festival: Trance Dance / A Summer Madness, The Newport Jazz Festival: Young Rabbits / Freedom Sound

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Herbie Lewis, Jimmy Bond, Stix Hooper

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Uh Huh, The Jazz Crusaders, 1967, Pacific Jazz 10124

Tracks : Blue Monday, Night Theme, Uh Huh, Air Waves, Ice Water, Watts Happening

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Buster Williams, Stix Hooper

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Lighthouse '68, The Jazz Crusaders, 1968, Pacific Jazz 10131

Tracks : Ooga-Boo-Ga-Loo, Eleanor Rigby, Native Dancer, Never Had It So Good, The Emperor, Impressions

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Buster Williams, Stix Hooper

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Powerhouse, The Jazz Crusaders, 1968, Pacific Jazz 20136

Tracks : Promises, Promises, Love And Peace, Hey Jude, Sting Ray, Fancy Dance, Love Is Blue (L'Amour Est Bleu), Cookie Man, Upstairs, Fire Water

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Buster Williams, Stix Hooper

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Lighthouse 1969, The Jazz Crusaders, 1969, Pacific Jazz 20165

Tracks : Get Back, It's Gotta Be Real, Willie And Laura Mae Jones, Rubie P'Gonia, It's Your Thing, Inside The Outside, Reflections, Svenska Flicka

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Buster Williams, Stix Hooper

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Give Peace A Chance, The Jazz Crusaders, 1970, Liberty

Tracks : Give Peace A Chance, I Think It Was A Dream, Blackbird, The Thrill Is Gone, Anita's New Dance, Space Settlement, All The Lonely Years, Another Blues

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Buster Williams, Stix Hooper

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Old Socks, New Shoes...New Socks, Old Shoes, The Jazz Crusaders, 1970, Chisa

Tracks : Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin, Funny Shuffle, Why Do You Laugh At Me?, Jackson!, Rainy Night In Georgia, Golden Slumbers, Jazz! Time Has No Ending Hard Times, Way Back Home

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Arthur Adams, Freddie Robinson, Stix Hooper

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Jazz Crusaders: compilations, box sets, etc

The Best Of The Jazz Crusaders, The Jazz Crusaders, 1970, Pacific Jazz 20175

Tracks : Eleanor Rigby, The Thing, Ooga-boo-ga-loo, Love And Peace, Uptight (Everything's Alright), Promises, Promises, It's Your Thing, Tough Talk, Hey Jude, On Broadway, Freedom Sound, The Young Rabbits

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Tough Talk, Jazz Crusaders, 1973, Blue Note BN-LA 170-G2

Tracks : Tough Talk, Aqua Dulce (Sweetwater), Turkish Black, I'll Remember Tomorrow, The Freedom Sounds, Longjohn, The Lonely Horn, Close Shave, M.J.S. Funk, Purple Onion, Some Samba, Free Sample, No Name Samba, Stix March, Lazy Canary, That's It

A double LP compilation of tracks recorded in 1963 and 1964

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The Young Rabbits, Jazz Crusaders, 1976, Blue Note BN-LA 530-H2

Tracks : Fancy Dance, Tough Talk, Boopie, Robbins Nest, Watts Happening, Outback, New Time Shuffle, Dulzura, Fire Water, Congolese Sermon, Blues Up Tight, Appointment In Ghana, The Young Rabbits, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, Latin Bit, Big Hunk Of Funk, Till All Ends

Musicians : Wilton Felder, Wayne Henderson, Hubert Laws, Clare Fischer, Joe Sample, Joe Pass, Al McKibbon, Bobby Haynes, Buster Williams, Jimmy Bond, Leroy Vinnegar, Monk Montgomery, Victor Gaskin, Stix Hooper, Carlos Vidal, Hungaria Garcia

Previously released recordings taken from Pacific Jazz albums. This double LP release was part of the Blue Note Reissue Series.

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Live Sides, Jazz Crusaders, 1980, Blue Note LT 1046

Tracks : Impressions, The Emperor, It's Gotta Be Real, Inside The Outside, Reflections, Native Dancer

Previously released live recordings taken from the Pacific Jazz albums Lighthouse '68 and Lighthouse 1969.

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The Best Of, The Jazz Crusaders, 1993, Blue Note

Tracks : The Young Rabbits, Freedom Sound, Appointment In Ghana, Congolese Sermon, New Time Shuffle, Out Back, Bachafillen, Scratch, Fire Water

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Blue Pacific Funk: Walkin' on the West Coast, Various Artists, 1998, EMI / Blue Note

Tracks : East Dallas Special (Booker Ervin), Gone Into It (Curtis Amy & Frank Butler), Done It Again (Johnny Lytle), This Here (Joe Pass), Sack O' Woe (Joe Pass), Sad March (Carmell Jones & Harold Land), Spanish Castles (Les McCann & Jazz Crusaders), Where's It At (Charles Kynard & Clifford Scott), Paco (Gerald Wilson), Uptight (Jazz Crusaders), Pygmy (Billy Larkin & The Delegates), Coming To Atlantis (Freddie Robinson), All Blue (Les McCann & Jazz Crusaders), Turkish Black (Jazz Crusaders), Soul Sisters (Lenny McBrowne & Four Sisters), Montgomeryland Funk (Wes Montgomery & Harold Land), Burnin' (Paul Bryant), LA After Dark (Booker Ervin

This compilation of tracks from Pacific Jazz albums of the 1960s includes four Jazz Crusaders tracks.

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The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions, The Jazz Crusaders, 2005, Mosaic

Notes : A 6 CD box set that collects together the 1960s Pacific Jazz albums Freedom Sound, Lookin' Ahead, Tough Talk, Heat Wave, Stretchin' Out, The Thing, Uh Huh, and Powerhouse, plus the 1970 Liberty album Give Peace a Chance and 11 previously unreleased tracks.

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Freedom Sound & Lookin' Ahead, The Jazz Crusaders, 2013, Fresh Sounds

Tracks : The Geek, M.J.S. Funk, That's It, Freedom Sound, Theme From Exodus, Coon, Song Of India, Big Hunk Of Funk, Tonight, 507 Neyland, Till All Ends, Tortoise And The Hare, In A Dream, Sinnin' Sam, The Young Rabbits, Weather Beat, Congolese Sermon

Notes : A CD release that combines the albums Freedom Sound (1961) and Lookin' Ahead (1962)

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Complete Live At The Lighthouse '62, The Jazz Crusaders, 2014, American Jazz Classics

Tracks : Introduction, Congolese Sermon, Cathy's Dilemma, Blues For Ramona, Weather Beat, Scandalizing, Appointment In Ghana, Penny Blue, Boopie, The Thing, White Cobra, New Time Shuffle

Musicians : Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Victor Gaskin, Sticks Hooper

Tracks 1 to 7 were originally released on the At The Lighthouse LP in 1962.

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Freedom Sound & Lookin' Ahead, The Jazz Crusaders, 2014, American Jazz Classics

Tracks : The Geek, M.J.S. Funk, That's It, Freedom Sound, Theme From Exodus, Coon, Song Of India, Big Hunk Of Funk, Tonight, 507 Neyland, Till All Ends, Tortoise And The Hare, In A Dream, Sinnin' Sam, The Young Rabbits, M.J.S. Funk (Alt Take)

Notes : A CD release that combines the albums Freedom Sound (1961) and Lookin' Ahead (1962)

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Three Classic Albums, The Jazz Crusaders, 2015, Real Gone

Tracks : The Geek, M.J.S. Funk, That's It, Freedom Sound, Theme From Exodus, Coon, Song Of India, Big Hunk Of Funk, Tonight, 507 Neyland, Till All Ends, Tortoise And The Hare, In A Dream, Sinnin' Sam, The Young Rabbits, Congolese Sermon, Cathy's Dilemma, Blues For Ramona, Weather Beat, Scandalizing, Appointment In Ghana, Chicken Grabber, Bunne Ride

Notes : A 2 CD release that collects together the albums Freedom Sound (1961), Lookin' Ahead (1962), and At The Lighthouse (1962), and a pre-Jazz Crusaders single by the Nite Hawks (Chicken Grabber/Bunne Ride,1959)

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Last updated April 2016