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The Jazz Crusaders

Led by pianist Joe Sample and trombonist Wayne Henderson, the Jazz Crusaders' 1960s albums reflect the work of a group steeped in hardbop and soul jazz.

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All of the Jazz Crusaders' recordings on this program are drawn from a recent Mosaic collection documenting the band’s stay on the Pacific Jazz label.

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature the 1960s studio recordings of the Jazz Crusaders during the second hour of the program.

Although the Jazz Crusaders eventually dropped “Jazz” from their name (and, to a large extent, from their sound as well), their 1960s albums reflect the work of a group steeped in hardbop and soul jazz. Led by pianist Joe Sample and trombonist Wayne Henderson, their original compositions such as “Freedom Sound” and “Young Rabbits” had an audience-winning accessibility.

Some of the Jazz Crusader recordings featured on this program also include guitarist Joe Pass; they are all drawn from a recent Mosaic collection documenting the band’s stay on the Pacific Jazz label.

In the first hour of the program we’ll feature jazz interpretations of Bob Dylan from Madeleine Peyroux, Stan Getz, Nina Simone, and Bob Dorough, as well as a set of Wes Montgomery tributes.

Music Heard On This Episode

Nice 'n Easy
John Pizzarelli — Dear Mr. Sinatra (TelArc, 2006)
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Nice 'n Easy
John Pizzarelli — Dear Mr. Sinatra (TelArc, 2006)
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Dream
Frank Sinatra — Nice 'n Easy (Capitol, 1960)

Notes: Arranged by Nelson Riddle.

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Haiku 1
Luke Gillespie — Footprints (RIAX, 2003)
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Dedicated to You
Carmen McRae — Sarah: Dedicated to You (Bluebird, 1990)
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You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Madeleine Peyroux — Careless Love (Rounder, 2004)

Notes: Bob Dylan song.

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Shelter From the Storm
Cassandra Wilson — Belly of the Sun (Blue Note, 2002)

Notes: Bob Dylan song.

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Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Bob Dorough — Just About Everything (LP) (Inner City, 1966)

Notes: Bob Dylan song.

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Blowin' In the Wind
Stan Getz — Reflections (Verve, 1963)

Notes: Bob Dylan song.

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I Shall Be Released
Nina Simone — Sugar in My Bowl (RCA, 1969)

Notes: Bob Dylan song.

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Four On Six
Pat Martino — Remember: a Tribute to Wes Montgomery (Blue Note, 2006)

Notes: Wes Montgomery composition.

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Train Samba
J.J. Johnson — J.J.! (Mosaic, 1964)
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Jingles
Mel Rhyne — Remembering Wes (Savant, 1996)

Notes: Wes Montgomery composition. With Royce Campbell on guitar and Killer Ray Appleton on drums.

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Ecaroh
Wes Montgomery — The Wes Montgomery Trio (Riverside, 1959)

Notes: Horace Silver composition.

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You Are Only Sometimes Rain
Jazz Crusaders — Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions (Mosaic, 1963)
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Young Rabbits
Jazz Crusaders — Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions (Mosaic, 1962)
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Lonely Horn
Jazz Crusaders — Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions (Mosaic, 1963)
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Outback
Jazz Crusaders — Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions (Mosaic, 1964)
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Freedom Sound
Jazz Crusaders — Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions (Mosaic, 1961)
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I'll Remember Tomorrow
Jazz Crusaders — Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions (Mosaic, 1964)
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Night Theme
Jazz Crusaders — Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions (Mosaic, 1967)
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Uh Huh
Jazz Crusaders — Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions (Mosaic, 1967)
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While the City Sleeps
Jazz Crusaders — Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions (Mosaic, 1965)
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507 Neyland
Jazz Crusaders — Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions (Mosaic, 1962)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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  • Bartholomew Bakr

    How time flies, huh? Now the “new” Jazz Crusaders Mosaic is going OOP. It was nice to have some extra samples to listen to before deciding whether to buy – thank you. I like the show, I’ll be coming back.

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