Every now and then, JazzBabies, I just have to break this one out, put on my dancin’ shoes and cut loose. Indulge me, please, and riches will be yours. Okay, maybe not riches, but a good time will be had by all.
Joe Sample, Stix Hooper, Wilton Felder, Wayne Henderson. Piano, drums, saxophone, trombone. These four created a new jazz sound back in the 1960s combining horns and rhythm in a hard bop-R&B-soul sound as The Jazz Crusaders.
In 1971, the four changed the name to The Crusaders, added bass and electric guitar with Robert Popwell and Larry Carlton, and took their place in the jazz-funk world. This was a time when musical lines were blurred. Rock bands were playing Satie and using horns in a jazzy new way. Soul and jazz and pop were sometimes indistinguishable one from the other, and folk was edging its way into the picture as well.
Back in the day, in my Portland neighborhood, Joe Sample’s tune “Put It Where You Want It” became an anthem of sorts for those who heard the groove and were looking for more.
Marshall Rosenthal once wrote in Rolling Stone Magazine…
To celebrate without dancing is like eating Oreos without milk. The taste is sweet, but the wet exhilaration of a fundamental force washing the sweetness inward is missing.”
Everybody has something to celebrate. Being alive is a good start. Let’s do it with the help of the Crusaders.