(Wilton Felder, Houston Jazz Icon, with The Crusaders)

Check out guitar legend Larry Carlton (Steely Dan, The Crusaders) reminisce on Houston’s own jazz legend Wilton Felder, whom we lost last year.

The article was published by The Jazz Times and you can check it out here: http://jazztimes.com/articles/171690-larry-carlton-remembers-wilton-felder

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Meanwhile here’s a YouTube mixtape of some of our favorite Wilton cuts to help you get through the week.



  1. Wilton’s Bass isolated on The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” (!!!) (Motown): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z91l_lPz1oc
  1. The Jazz Crusaders – “Tough Talk” (Pacific Jazz, 1963): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weoVHTxOr5s
  1. The Jazz Crusaders – “Freedom Sound” (Pacific Jazz, 1966): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GdJtyvhI1E
  1. The Jazz Crusaders – “Wilton’s Boogaloo” (Pacific Jazz, 1966): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSE14Sa6ZgM
  1. Shuggie Otis – “Strawberry Letter 23” (Atlantic, 1971): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbhIZe3smr0&list=PLvTLpFOMkNfxm3z2VpMDA6Zw4Z08uOdzN
  1. Grant Green – “Windjammer” (Blue Note, 1972): https://youtu.be/yIe6bs0lkhk
  1. The Crusaders – “So Far Away” (Blue Thumb, 1972): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OahE2GGaGq4
  1. The Crusaders – “A Message For The Inner City” (Blue Thumb, 1973) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJXaT-pikFs&list=PLuowU3vC_BZnwaUipetX7DGYmBHcYewiZ
  1. The Crusaders – “Nite Crawler” (Blue Thumb, 1976): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mu-XA4fZIk&list=PLuowU3vC_BZnQXLIvcoroVa-lA7s9qimD&index=4




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