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Sad News - Wilton Felder RIP - Crusaders and more

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Houston Press has a fitting piece on this sad news

Houston and the world lost a giant today with the passing of Wilton Felder, saxophonist for the fabled Crusaders. Mr. Felder was 75. Word of his passing reached the Internet via longtime collaborator Ray Parker, Jr.’s Facebook page around 2 p.m. today.

Felder’s passing comes only a year after the death of his lifelong friend and fellow Crusader Joe Sample. Crusaders trombonist Wayne Henderson died in April, 2014, which now leaves drummer Nesbert “Stix” Hooper as the only living Crusader from the original four.



Wikipedia below

He was born in Houston, Texas in 1940.Felder, Wayne Henderson, Joe Sample, and Stix Hooper founded the group while in high school in Houston. The Jazz Crusaders evolved from a straight-ahead jazz combo into a pioneering jazz-rock fusion group, with a definite soul music influence. Felder worked with the original group for over thirty years, and continued to work in its later versions, which often featured other founding members.

Felder also worked as a West coast studio musician, mostly playing electric bass, for various soul and R&B musicians, and was one of the in-house bass players for Motown Records, when the record label opened up operations in Los Angeles, California, in the early 1970s. He played on recordings by the Jackson 5 such as "I Want You Back" and "The Love You Save," for Marvin Gaye and Grant Green. He also played bass for soft rock groups like America and Seals and Crofts. Also of note was his contribution to the John Cale album, Paris 1919, and Billy Joel's Piano Man and Streetlife Serenade albums. He was one of three bass players on Randy Newman's Sail Away (1972) and Joan Baez Diamonds & Rust. Felder also anchored albums from Joni Mitchell and Michael Franks.

His solo album, Secrets, which prominently featured Bobby Womack on vocals, reached No. 77 in the UK Albums Chart in 1985.[2] This album featured the minor hit, "(No Matter How High I Get) I'll Still be Looking Up to You", sung by Womack and Alltrinna Grayson.

Felder played a King Super 20 tenor sax with a metal 105/0 Berg Larsen mouthpiece. He also used Yamaha saxes. He played a Fender Precision bass, and also played Aria bass guitars.

He died on September 27, 2015, aged 75

Street Life Solo time framed from extended version -see http://www.neffmusic.com/blog/2015/08/wilton-felders-street-life-solo-transcription/ for transcripts etc






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yet more sad news,

have just edited the orignal post so it shows as a news item both on the front page of soul source and the "sad news" section ( https://www.soul-source.co.uk/articles/soul-artists-sad-news/ )


If do have sad or any news to pass on to other soul music types then it can  work better if you post via the 'breaking news' link which shows under the "add" icon that shows at the top of every page

That way it gets posted to both the news sections, front page and also the soul forums all in one post

Thanks for passing the news on Kevin


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Very sad news The Crusaders bridged a gap between Jazz & Soul and influenced many Who will replace these Icons?

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Really sad news , RIP Wilton :hatsoff2:


2 of my favourite tracks are Street Life and Inherit the Wind , class !

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Spiral is one of my favourite instrumentals. the Crusaders were brilliant in the 70's. Wilton also played bass to some effect. Really sad he's passed.

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Played his Inhert the wind album non stop back in 1979 and his version of Donny Hathaway's "Someday we'll all be free" featuring Bobby Womack is a good close second to the original. R.I.P.



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