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The Crusaders

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A number of bands have gone by the name “The Crusaders”:
1) an American 1970s jazz-soul band
2) a European Oi band
3) an Australian garage surf band who recorded two albums in the late 1990s
4) a Christian garage band active 1966-67

1) The Crusaders is an American music group popular in the early 1970s for their amalgamated , and sound. From 1961 to present more than forty albums have been credited to the group (some live and compilations), nineteen of which were recorded between 1961-1970 under the name “The Jazz Crusaders” prior to band name being shortened.

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.

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