Lighthouse '68 [Bonus Tracks]

Lighthouse '68 [Bonus Tracks]

by The Jazz CrusadersThe Jazz Crusaders

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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Lighthouse '68 is the third date the Jazz Crusaders cut at the popular California venue. Previous outings recorded here, though very fine, carried the sonic weight of a band very aware of their audience and that they were making live records. Here, they get it completely right. Feel is what dictates the material and its execution on this set, without unnecessary attention paid to crowd or recording apparatus. This is one the most intimate jazz shows captured on tape during the 1960s. It gives record buyers the sound of a band in full possession of their considerable capabilities, celebrating them in a relaxed environment, playing their own brand of grooved-out '60s jazz. What is most apparent is how seamlessly the Jazz Crusaders -- Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, Buster Williams, and Wayne Henderson -- wove together hard bopping blues, soul-jazz, Horace Silver's funky rhythmic ideas, and gospel. One listen to the set's opener, "Oogo-Boo-Ga-Loo," with its funky strut and call-and-response chorus, brings the Sunday morning church music to the Saturday discotheque for a workout. As it cascades into "Eleanor Rigby," Sample's solo goes deeply into the blues for his inspiration and comes out with a funky panoply of cadences that are double-timed and stretched out into a loping soul groove by the rhythm section before the horns bring the melody back with finger-popping assent. Sample's street-smart "Never Had It So Good" offers an elongated front line with a summer stroll through a Latin theme before erupting into deep soul. But the kicker is in Buster Williams' compositions. As a jazz composer, Williams was closely aligned with hard bop as it evolved. His expansive rhythms, smooth melodic lines, and tight harmonic palette offered soloists a chance to stretch his grooves further, bringing modality -- as first articulated by Miles Davis' mid-'60s quintet -- and a warm yet expressed sophistication to his tunes (check "Native Dancer" with its Latin tinge and the shimmering melodic pulse of "The Emperor," which gives way to the set's closer, a graceful, profoundly subtle, and gorgeous reading of John Coltrane's "Impressions"). In sum, this record delivers what most records only promise: it literally sings with great musicianship displayed with verve and acumen, along with a warm human feeling that amounts to joy.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2004
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724357685023
catalogNumber: 76850
Rank: 49959


  1. Oogo-Boo-Ga-Loo
  2. Eleanor Rigby
  3. Native Dancer
  4. Never Had It So Good
  5. The Emperor
  6. Impressions
  7. Cathy the Cooker
  8. Shadows
  9. Tough Talk
  10. Third Principle

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jazz Crusaders   Primary Artist
Joe Sample   Piano,Keyboards,Group Member
Wilton Felder   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Buster Williams   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Wayne Henderson   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Joe Sample   Composer
Richard Bock   Producer
John Coltrane   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Stix Hooper   Composer
Dino Lappas   Engineer
Ron McMaster   Remixing
Patrick Roques   Reissue Design
Gabor Halmos   Cover Design

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