Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

by The CrusadersThe Crusaders


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One of the tastiest concoctions of the mid-'70s jazz-fusion era, Chain Reaction finds the Crusaders at the top of their form. The compositions are both accessible and memorable, and the playing is uniformly excellent. Guitarist Larry Carlton delivers some of his finest licks and funkified rhythm work. Wayne Henderson shows there is a place in fusion for the trombone. Wilton Felder does double duty, delivering smoking saxophone lines and funky bass riffs. Joe Sample's Fender Rhodes piano provides a solid chordal foundation and great solos. And the stickman, Stix Hooper, keeps the groove solid. The band employs a variety of rhythms and tempos, and gives the members plenty of room to strut their individual and collective stuff. In fact, "collective" may be the key word here, for this is the sound of a band, not just a group of guys thrown together for a recording session. Chain Reaction was one of the albums that helped lure young, rock and soul-oriented listeners over to check out the jazz side, and should not be missed by those interested in the more accessible, funky side of fusion.

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Release Date: 08/12/1997
Label: Mca
UPC: 0076732164822
catalogNumber: 1648
Rank: 46677

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Chain Reaction 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You know how when a band of musicians get together and start playing music they always try to find that SOUND!!! The one sound that they will forever be recognized for. Even if they have been playing together for years and years and have sold millions of records, a group still probably hasn't found their sound. Well The Crusaders found their definitive sound on the highly injoyable "Chain Reaction". This CD is their best. I used to think "Southern Comfort" was their best album. This one is way better. What's really great about this album is that it's so well cut. The Crusaders are at the top of the game.Everybody comes together as one. But once again the best musician on this disc is Larry Carlton and his brilliant guitar work.