The follow-up to 1973's Unsung Heroes was the first of the group's Blue Thumb efforts to be distributed by ABC Records. The label switch also coincided with the inclusion of lyrical guitarist Larry Carlton as a full-fledged member. Although much of Southern Comfort puts a gloss on ideas made definitive on earlier efforts, the complaints are minimal and this remains the most appealing, multi-faceted incarnation of the band. The first track, "Stomp and Buck Dance," is an offhanded and skilled approach to the group's patently earthy style. The insistent "The Well's Gone Dry" has the edginess of some of the better tracks on Unsung Heroes, and has Carlton doing great work on the bridge. Not surprisingly, it is Carlton's presence here that adjusts the band chemistry and makes the best of Southern Comfort even more so. The best track here, the poignant "When There's Love Around," has Carlton's guitar attaining the perfect sense of longing that meshes well with Joe Sample's trademark Fender Rhodes tones. The last tracks here are also in a thoughtful ballad vein: "Lilies of the Nile" has great horn work from Wilton Felder and Wayne Henderson, and the last track, "A Ballad for Joe (Louis)," is a heartfelt rumination on the life of the famed boxer, featuring Sample's inherent sense of melody. A good representation of the Crusaders' tasteful and intelligent playing, Southern Comfort is more than recommended to their fans.
Performance CreditsCrusaders Primary Artist
Wayne Henderson Trombone
Larry Carlton Guitar
Joe Sample Keyboards
Wilton Felder Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Stix Hooper Drums
Technical CreditsWayne Henderson Composer
Joe Sample Composer
Stix Hooper Composer
Stewart Levine Producer
Todd Ao Composer
Howard Hausey Composer
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Southern Comfort based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Oh man, set the player to repeat, put it in, and drive all night long. This'll get you there, wherever you're headin'.
Aw Man !!!! When I first heard this CD I couldn't wait to go out and buy another (Jazz)Crusaders CD.This is probably the best mixture of jazz and funk that i've ever heard. From start to finish the music just grabs you. Even if you don't listen to a lot of jazz, I'll bet you the music on this album will put a smile on your face. It's that good.Some of my favorite song's are "Get On The Soul Ship (It's Sailing)" "Stomp And Buck Dance" "Time Bomb" and "Lilies On The Nile". THE CRUSADERS are the tightest group of musicians that I've ever heard.Joe Sample,Wayne Henderson,Wilton Felder,Stix Hooper,and the UNSUNG HERO Larry Carlton. It is Larry Carlton that keeps everything in tact with his outstanding guitar work. This is one of my favorite albums.