2 March 2011

Les McCann & The Jazz Crusaders - Jazz Waltz
















Les McCann & The Jazz Crusaders for Pacific Jazz from 1963.
Les McCann (piano, electric piano, organ)Wilton Felder (tenor sax)Wayne Henderson (trombone)Joe Sample (piano, organ)Robert Haynes (bass)Stix Hooper (drums)

The funky piano of Les McCann hooks up with the raw soul jazz of the early Crusaders for this excellent set of short, sharp swinging cuts."Damascus" and "Spanish Castles" hit a marvelous modal mode but the whole album is a cracker.
Unbelievably never reissued and this is the first time it's been posted in blogland - All Killer No Filler.
Edited Sleeve Notes by Joel Dorn:

We should all be thankful that in the past when World Pacific or Pacific Jazz brought musicians of stature into the studio to record together, the pairings were not based upon name value alone. Rather empathy and adaptability were used as criteria.
Some memorable Pacific Jazz combinations have been Richard "Groove" Holmes and Gene Ammons ("Groovin' With Jug" PJ-32) and Les McCann and Stanley Turrentine (Les McCann in New York PJ-45). These albums were successful because all parties concerned had a common ground upon which they could meet.
It is for precisely the same reason that this particular album is a success. Les and the Crusaders are possessed of a common denominator in their familiarity with the blues. McCann's primal funk and the Crusader's searing Texas preaching have a natural affinity for each other.
McCann rode the crest of the late fifties soul wave and while others of that era have been washed ashore, Les is still riding high. While the Crusaders didn't make as great an initial splash as McCann, their popularity has been growing steadily, especially in the East where they have yet to be seen in person. Beyond any doubt they are one of the two or three most substantial jazz groups to emerge in the sixties.
I am reluctant about any discussion of the music in this album because I hate to use words to attempt to describe something the ears can understand fully and without any preliminary explanation.
In closing I would inject one brief personal note. Recently when the Ray Charles Band had a two-week stand not far from Philadelphia I had the chance to hang out with my good friend David "Fathead" Newman whose been with Ray Charles for years. "Fathead" is recognized as the current dean of the Texas school of tenor playing. Sometime during the two weeks I happened to ask him what he thought of the Crusaders. His answer was simple. He smiled broadly and said "Yeah." This is much akin to having George Bernard Shaw give you an A in English composition. Need more be said.

39 comments:

Bacoso said...

vinyl rip@320:
http://www.mediafire.com/?1o3zpudxkxt0r6d

octogore said...

Thanks for your great taste and generosity.

octogore said...

Thanks for sharing your great taste

Andy said...

Wow! I have just about every Crusaders issue including the Pacific Jazz box set and the Way Back Home box set but not this.A million thanks Bacoso,really looking forward to hearing it.

Brad Geiger said...

Interesting combination, Les with the Crusaders. Thanks!

Mike Tempest said...

Bacoso sei un grandeee! Per anni ho aspettato di trovare quest'album.
Grazie!

g.raf said...

Easily my favourite album by the crusaders. Damascas.... Thanks Bacoso.

Bill said...

THANK YOU sooooooo much! REALLY looking forward to this one.

Slidewell said...

McCann & the Crusaders? Can't go wrong, me thinks! Thanks for sharing this real surprise!

Slidewell said...

Where do you find these? McCann & the Crusaders? Can't go wrong, me thinks! Thanks for sharing this real surprise!

nick said...

Nice -- I like this one a lot; Miles Davis, on the other hand, wasn't so pleased (big surprise) with it (from a Downbeat blindfold test where they played him this All Blues):

"What's that supposed to be? That ain't nothin. They don't know what to do with it -- you either play it bluesy or you play on the scale. You don't just play flat notes. I didn't write it to play flat notes on -- you know, like minor thirds. Either you play a whole chord against it, or else...but don't try to play it like you'd play, ah, 'Walkin the Dog.' You know what I mean? The trombone player -- trombone ain't supposed to sound like that. This is 1964, not 1924. Maybe if the piano player had played it by himself, something would have happened."

Simon666 said...

Great great stuff, thanks Bacoso.

nico said...

Thank you so much, great album

winton tostello said...

thank u mister! you've put a smile on my face, another time!!

boogieman said...

"Look what they've done to my song, Ma"... don't thonk Miles ever played that song but perhaps he should have.

Cheers

Boogieman
http://theboogiemanwillgetya.blogspot.com/

Philo said...

Les McCann & The Jazz Crusaders - Jazz Waltz

This one is a keeper!

Great music. And a very fine bit of work on the digital transfer. Sounds quite good.

GuitarGus said...

Thank you Bacoso

Never had/heard this one
Great rip and really nice album
Cheers

KingCake said...

never heard of this but it is a logical combo - thank you

Jumpinjeep said...

Way kule. Thanks.

jazzobsessive said...

Great Stuff.

Thanks

El chango Feli said...

Many thanks Sr. Bacoso, looking forward to hear this.

Feguillerme,

shoshidge said...

looks great, thanks!

Christopher said...

Sometimes Les is more!

Greeny said...

Les McCann & The Jazz Crusaders - Amazing! Wonderful music; I used to have this album way back when. My late father gave it to me as a birthday present... so this music reminds me of sweet and happy times (any chance to get it in FLAC?) Merci bien!

montuno said...

Looks like a good one, thanks!

Bacoso said...

Greeny:flac-Fucks sake that's just taking the piss.

groovemerchant said...

trefuckingmendous!

jakdolesa said...

...great! Thanks a lot!!!

cannonball said...

Excellent as ever - Les + The Crusaders make a dynamite combo!

Gerald said...

Looks good, can't wait to hear it. Thanks a lot. All the music is great!

Jerry

les said...

I was very lucky to find a sealed copy of this album a few years ago for around $20. It was great fun opening that record up and taking a wiff of air from 1964. Ha Ha!
Nice one. You've always got cool music here. I salute you.

rap said...

Wow. Many thanks and respect.

Frank said...

Thank you so much!
Greetings from Amsterdam,
Sincerely,
DJ Fass

Jontowel said...

wonderful music. thx

chuchuni said...

Thank you very much, Bacoso.

Arkiver said...

Wow...like peanut butter and chocolate...happiness overload...thanks for this great old album that I never knew existed. Can't wait to give it a listen!

drfeelgoed said...

Hell, great post, but I completely missed this & the link is no longer active, any chance of a re-up?

{O.o} said...

I've missed too!
Any chance to repost? plisss!

Gracias anyway, best blog ever =)

{O.o} said...

I've missed too!
Any chance to repost? plisss!

Gracias anyway, best blog ever =)