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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Crusaders - 1980 BBC In Concert, UK - R.I.P. Joe Sample

Joe Sample the great keyboard player of the Crusaders died on 9-12-2014.  Joe Sample and the Crusaders have been part of my life's soundtrack.  I was blessed to see the Crusaders several times in the early 70s and have been listening to their music ever since.  They have a great sound blending jazz, soul and funk into a unique sound.  Henderson one of the other founding members of the group described the Crusaders as “We are the fathers of jazz-funk-fusion,”.  Whatever you call it, it just hits me right and I never get tired of it.  The Crusaders made over 40 albums and Sample also recorded 21 solo albums.  Sample was also a contributor on many others including some great albums by Joni Mitchell, BB King, The LA Express, Michael Franks, Anita Baker, and Marvin Gaye.  So here are a couple of live recordings, just to say R.I. P. Joe, you will be missed.

The Crusaders,
BBC In Concert 1980,
Hammersmith Odeon, London UK.

The Crusaders:
Joe Sample: Keyboards
Wilton Felder: Tenor Sax
Stix Hooper: Drums
Barry Finnerty: Guitar
Roy Gaines: Guitar
Keith Jones: Bass
Randy Crawford: Guest Vocals on Track-7

1) The Hustler (12:59)
2) Rainbow Seeker (8:36)
3) Sweet Gentle Love (6:44)
4) It Happens Every Day (9:38)
5) Carmel (5:41)
6) Way Back Home (8:55)
7) Street Life (21:02)

Crusaders Live cuts 1974-76
Recorded off Soul Train and other video sources
Stomp And Buck Dance
Greasy Spoon
Hard Times
Soul Caravan


  1. Thanks for the remembrance of Joe Sample. He will be missed.

    Bob W.

  2. very tasty. easy on the ears and mind.
    thank you!

  3. Thanks. I was at tgat Hammy Odeon gig. Great memories.