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The Jazz Crusaders & Joe Sample: The Next Crusade

Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders
The Jazz Crusaders & Joe Sample

We’re in the midst of winter, but it’s another breathtaking San Fernando Valley day, the temperature nestling in the mid-’70s. From the large conference room in the Verve Music Group’s West Coast offices there is a gorgeous view of Burbank through the near-panoramic windows.

Reunited Crusaders keyboardist Joe Sample and saxophonist/bassist Wilton Felder can survey the landscape as they persevere through a “press day.” It’s a grind for the veteran musicians, and they politely repeat themselves many times during a seemingly endless barrage of questions. But that vista constantly reminded them that there are a lot of other things they’d rather being doing.

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Chris J. Walker

Chris J. Walker is a music journalist based in Los Angeles who has covered the jazz and blues scene all over Southern California, and throughout the rest of California, as much as possible for over 25 years. He, however, is not totally relegated to jazz and blues, and occasionally reviews folk, rock, R&B, funk and world music events as well.