Wikipedia : This day (September 27, 2015) died Wilton Felder, American saxophone and bass player best known as a founding member of The Crusaders, initially called the Jazz Crusaders.
Wilton Felder : By fusing elements of jazz, funk, soul, R&B, rock, Latin, and gospel, an iridescent sound emerged with such impact that a musical revolution was unearthed. As the quartet’s cornerstone, Henderson’s objective was to accentuate the straight-ahead (often restrained) jazz sound with other musical styles that, ironically, are the offspring of generic, or classic jazz.
@ allmusic : Felder’s soulful blues-based tone and hard bop style fit well in the popular band. Around 1968, he started doubling on electric bass and has backed many top players outside of the group on that instrument.
@last.fm : 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 continues to work in its current versions, which often feature other founding members.
Audio : Theme From Bullitt . Inherit The Wind . (No Matter How High I Get) I’ll Still Be Lookin’ Up To You . Bullit . Forever . The Truth Song . My One and Only Love .
Video : The Crusaders – Soul Shadows (1984) . The Crusaders – Way Back Home (2003) . Patti Austin & The Jazz Crusaders – Street Life (1997) . w/ Bobby Womack – Inherit The Wind . Live Under The Sky – Put It Where You Want It (1985) .Wilton Felder – I’Ll Still Be Looking Up To You . The Crusaders – Standing Tall (1984) . The Crusaders & The Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra – One Day I’Ll Fly Away (1984) .