Saturday, April 4
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Sunday Jazz: The Jazz Crusaders on Frankly Jazz

Welcome to a new feature here at The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit called Sunday Jazz. Check back every Sunday for a sample of some of the best jazz around. Some installments will feature YouTube videos, others .mp3 links. If you have a request let me know and I’ll see what I can do for you!

To kick things off right I’m sharing this clip of one of my all-time favorite artists, the Jazz Crusaders, on a TV from the ’60s called Frankly Jazz. It was hosted by jazz DJ Frank Evans and was inspired by his KRHM-FM radio show of the same name.

This episode of Frankly Jazz features the Jazz Crusaders performing “The Young Rabbits” and “Weather Beat.” The first number is one of the group’s signature songs and is elevated by Joe Sample’s excellent piano work and brilliant drumming from Stix Hooper (what a seemingly effortless solo!). But I certainly don’t want to overlook the outstanding front-line horn section of Wilton Felder (saxophone) and Wayne Henderson (trombone).

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