After a career that spanned the '60s with a number of releases on Pacific Jazz records as the Jazz Crusaders
, the beginning of the '70s found the band dropping the jazz moniker from their name and moving toward the more commercially accessible pop/R&B crossover audience. These nine selections are taken from seven albums originally released on the Blue Thumb and MCA labels recorded between 1971 and 1979 with a live cut featuring B.B. King
from 1981. The Crusaders
have a lot of material still available featuring both incarnations with this compilation containing a worthy sample from the second half of their career. For a closer inspection of the earlier Jazz Crusaders
, seek out Live at the Lighthouse 66 on Pacific Jazz.