Monday, October 20, 2008

CD of the Day - "Crusaders: Pass The Plate"

CD of the Day
The Crusaders: "Pass The Plate" (Verve) 2008

Produced by Stewart Lewine at Walley Heider Studio 3 (LA, California) for the small Chisa Records (then distributed by Motown), "Pass The Plate" was the follow-up to "Old Socks, New Shoes", and The Crusaders' second LP for Chisa. This digipack reissue, supervised by Harry Weinger for the Verve "Originals" series, includes the original artwork as well as the liner notes by DJ Les Carter, then the Program Director for KPPC-FM in Los Angeles. Joe Sample (pianos), Wilton Felder (bass & tenor sax), Stix Hooper (drums) & Wayne Henderson (trombone) are joined by guest guitarist Arthur Adams, providing infectious grooves.

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That's what they say:
"Great work from one of the funkiest periods in the career of the Jazz Crusaders -- that point when they first dropped the "jazz" from their name, and started moving into groovier territory! The set's a bit electric, but never as much so as their later, bigger hits -- just enough so that the basslines bump the tunes along strongly, and the keyboards start to sparkle in the mix too -- but still leaving plenty of space for acoustic contributions on piano, trombone, and tenor. Arthur Adams joins the group for a bit of guitar, which is well-placed -- and titles include the massive "Pass The Plate" medley, which runs for over 15 minutes -- plus "Young Rabbits 71/72", "Goin' Down South", "Listen & You'll See", "Greasy Spoon", and "Treat Me Like Ya Treat Yaself"."

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