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Rural Renewal (2003)

Artist: Crusaders
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Format: CD
Sku: 206894250
UPC: 782356090729
UPC 14: 00782356090729
Release Date: 3/25/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Rural Renewal ~ The Crusaders
2. Creepin' ~ The Crusaders
3. Heartland ~ The Crusaders
4. Healing Coming On, A ~ The Crusaders
5. Sing the Song ~ The Crusaders
6. Shotgun House Groove ~ The Crusaders
7. Territory, The ~ The Crusaders
8. Greasy Spoon ~ The Crusaders
9. Viva De Funk ~ The Crusaders
10. Lazy Sundays ~ The Crusaders
11. Goin' Home ~ The Crusaders

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote The Crusaders: Wilton Felder (tenor saxophone); Joe Sample (piano, Wurlitzer piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ); Stix Hooper (drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Donnie McClurkin, Sounds Of Blackness (vocals); Steve Baxter (trombone); Ray Parker, Jr., Eric Clapton, Arthur Adams (guitar); Freddie Washington (bass); Lenny Castro (percussion).
Muze PNote Recorded at Oceanway, Cello, Hollywood, California; Record One, Sherman Oaks, California and Master Mix Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Includes liner notes by David Ritz.
Muze PNote RURAL RENEWAL was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.
Muze PNote The Crusaders: Dean Parks, Ray Parker, Jr., Arthur Adams (guitar); Wilton Felder (tenor saxophone); Steve Baxter (trombone); Joe Sample (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ); Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington (bass instrument); Stix Hooper (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion).
Muze PNote Personnel: Donnie McClurkin (vocals); Eric Clapton (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Sounds of Blackness (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Rik Pekkonen.
Muze PNote The title of this fine collection of smooth, funky jazz speaks volumes of the project contained within. The occasion for a reunion of all original band members, including long-time absentee drummer Stix Hooper, RURAL RENEWAL reconnects the Crusaders to their earthy, Texas-bred, blues-based roots. The band's previous, sometimes faltering attempts to blend hard bop with R&B are nowhere to be found: the fare here is flawless groove, with thick Fender Rhodes tones, lockstep guitar lines, punchy horn charts, and in-the-pocket bass and drum interaction, sweetened by solos all around.
Muze PNote The sweetness is deepened by a roster of special guests that includes Eric Clapton (whose acoustic leads on the title track opener get things off to a slinky, soulful start), Ray Parker, Jr., and vocal group Sounds of Blackness (see the gospel-charged "A Healing Coming On"). Titles like "Greasy Spoon," "Viva de Funk," and "Shotgun House Groove" should tip the listener off that deep bluesy jams are on order here, and the rhythmic rapport of musicians who have played together for the better part of a half-century delivers that order in style. The music sounds no less fresh for its time-tested, down-home familiarity. A renewal indeed.

Producer: Stewart Levine; Stewart Levine

Engineer: Rik Pekkonen; Tom Tucker, Jr.; Rik Pekkonen; Dan Pinder; Alan Sanderson; Tom Sweeney

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Eric Clapton
Muze Guest Artist Donnie McClurkin
Muze Guest Artist Sounds Of Blackness
Muze Guest Artist Ray Parker, Jr.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations King Of The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Jazz Number 1's

Associated Artists and Works

Prommer, Christian

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/25/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 60907
Music Label Name Label : Verve
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00782356090729

Professional Reviews

JazzTimes (4/03, p.83)
- "...Sample's formidable compositional abilities are still at the fore of the band....Because of his songwriting, the band is able to stretch out and improve like few in contemporary jazz..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(8/03, p.104)
- 4 out of 5 stars - "...While Sample's crystalline piano glistens and Felder's sax glides, the redoubtable Hopper holds everything together with tight, in-the-pocket grooves....Eric Clapton, in a couple of song-stealing cameos, supplies some tasty, blues-inflected solos..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Crusaders
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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