The Jazz Crusaders – Old Socks, New Shoes…New Socks, Old Shoes (19702008)

Artist:The Jazz Crusaders
title:Old Socks, New Shoes…New Socks, Old Shoes
Year Of Release:2008 (1970)
Label:Verve [0602517654365]
Genre:Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Jazz-funk
Quality:FLAC (image+.cue+.log,scans)
Total Time:39:03
Total Size:290 MB
WebSite:Album Preview

The Jazz Crusaders – Old Socks, New Shoes…New Socks, Old Shoes (19702008)
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Old Socks, New Shoes…New Socks, Old Shoes was the final album by the Jazz Crusaders. Immediately thereafter they dropped the word “jazz” from their name, leaving them the Crusaders and most of the rest is history. This killer set was released on the Chisa label in 1970 and distributed by Motown. While the Jazz Crusaders had long made then-current popular songs part of their repertoire, and had moved from their hard bop origins into the soul-jazz groove years before, this disc was a shock, and sounded like a different band – almost. For starters, pianist Joe Sample moved over the Rhodes for the majority for this date (he is still one of the greatest voices on this strange, imprecise instrument), and along with drummer Stix Hooper, saxophonist Wilton Felder, and trombonist Wayne Henderson, guitarists Arthur Adams and Freddie Robinson helped out on bass and guitar, respectively. The Jazz Crusaders soul-jazz sound slid on over to an early version of jazz-funk, without sacrificing any of its emotionally engaged interplay or melodic foundation. Still, hearing the two electric guitars, a fat, nasty electric bassline, and Sample’s big chunky funk chords signaling the beginning of Sly & the Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” as the album’s kick off must have made fans do a double take – until the horns kick in. It’s trademark Jazz Crusaders there. The front line of Felder and Henderson with those near patented breaks of Hooper’s would assure all that despite the electricity, the group was onto something new, different, and as greasy and soulful as they had been in the past. This is one of those forgotten Crusaders albums, being on the seam of their transition. Even Pass the Plate, which followed on Chisa, was better known than Old Socks and has been served by history a little better.
01. Thank You Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Again (Stewart) 05:32
02. Funny Shuffle (Henderson) 04:04
03. Why Do You Laugh at Me? (Henderson) 02:35
04. Jackson! (Henderson) 02:44
05. Rainy Night in Georgia (White) 04:13
06. Golden Slumbers (Lennon, McCartney) 04:07
07. Jazz! (Sample) 04:16
08. Time Has No Ending (Henderson) 04:27
09. Hard Times (Mitchell, Newman) 03:01
10. Way Back Home (Felder) 04:02

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