I was listening to Their Rhapsody and blues Album earlier today it's sad how the Crusaders Ended and the Big Fallout between Wayne Henderson and Joe Sample in the 90s when sample refused to be part of the Jazz Crusaders incarnation of that timeThe last Crusaders album? Aside from Wayne Henderson's absence, Joe Sample, Stix Hooper and Wilton Felder rejoined for this 2003 recording.
There was a split where Sample and Wilton Felder recorded as The Crusaders in 1991 for GRP, yet Felder and Henderson were billing themselves as the Jazz Crusaders (against Sample's wishes) when they played together. Henderson was the only holdout for Rural Renewal unfortunately, and it would have been cool if Larry Carlton had joined that album also, which would have been the lineup circa Free As The Wind.I was listening to Their Rhapsody and blues Album earlier today it's sad how the Crusaders Ended and the Big Fallout between Wayne Henderson and Joe Sample in the 90s when sample refused to be part of the Jazz Crusaders incarnation of that time
I like everything both Herb's And The Crusaders versions of Street life ( I heard Herb's version long before the Crusaders version) and I love "Love Is" and sadly I never heard Bill withers version but to me Herb's version was one of those Stand out moments from Rise it felt like a Good Party atmosphere where Everyone was Having a Jolly Good time among friends" as a 12 year old kid at the time long before The days of MTV I even had my own visual idea of what the song would have looked like as a music videoBut I do like "Love Is," especially since I know now how much Herb's version sounds like the one Bill Withers did on his 'Bout Love album. (The trumpet on Withers' version might have been what sparked Herb to cover it.)
Angelina reminds me of a song off of Kris & Rita's Full Moon album, A Song I'd Like To Sing. Herb wails away on the final chorus, and sounds like he was having a great time while doing it. I was in college when this album came out(1973), and it was a staple on my Dan Bolton's Ear Show every Monday night on WICR FM.Interestingly (after a little additional research), "Angelina" was written by a Procol Harum member and a King Crimson member. Procol Harum was an A&M artist, and Crimson has an A&M connection through Robert Fripp and his two LP collaborations with The Police' Andy Summers...