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The core of the Crusaders had been playing together for 20 years when they recorded this 1975 session, and they were at the peak of their popularity. You can call this music a form of fusion, but it's a group that always had its roots in populist rhythm & blues, coming of age in the era when Horace Silver and Bobby Timmons were first mating roots music and modern jazz. The big-toned combination of Wilton Felder's tenor and Wayne Henderson's trombone gives added weight to this riff-based gumbo, with Larry Carlton's guitar adding detail to the Stax-Volt ambience that stokes this music. Felder was always the band's outstanding soloist, a flexible tenor player who could add touches of Coltrane to the legacy of Illinois Jacquet. --Stuart Broomer

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  • Audio CD (August 12, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: GRP
  • ASIN: B0000001O6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is a "must-get" for anyone who is a true Crusaders fan. Aficionados will likely recognize this as the last album that Larry Carlton made with the Crusaders as a full-time member of the group.
While some jazz purists validate only the more traditional, straight-ahead jazz the Crusaders wrote and performed during the 60's, (under the moniker, "The Jazz Crusaders"), many of us appreciate even more, the innovation and experimentation that more characterized the Crusaders compositions throughout the 70's. The Crusaders were truly one of the first pioneers of fusion, (or "jazz-rock" as we called it back then), if not the very first. They intermixed elements common to jazz, funk, blues, soul, and rock in such a way as had never previously been done before. (And in a way that no one has been able to duplicate, since.)
Wilton Felder and Wayne Henderson defined the classic blend of Trombone and Tenor Sax playing in unison, (or in octaves), which became the trademark of the Crusaders classic sound. The entire Chain Reaction album is enjoyable to listen to, with no filler songs or "B-side" flops. This entire album is solid. Cuts, such as "Hallucinate", feature Henderson and Felder paying in fourths, giving a dissonant color to the number. The lively title cut, "Chain Reaction", features great unison playing over a bouncy, "bop" figure.
Larry Carlton shines throughout the album, playing his classic, blistering tri-tone runs through seemingly unnavigable chord changes; leaving us all wondering why he has permanently "left the building", and moved on to play only luke-warm, "Wave Station-soft jazz".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Lee on September 6, 2006
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I have no hesitation in recommending this recording for lovers of the '70 experiments in rock/soul/jazz/fusion. The Crusaders formed their sound together when they were barely in their twenties, and by the time they recorded this wonderful stew of funk etudes, they were as one mind. Though the music may be "simple" (groove and uncomplicated melodies are the order of the day), that does not mean it lacks passion or excellence. This is some of happiest music I've ever heard; I loved it 30 years ago, I love it still.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Pancratz on December 12, 2000
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Before the addition of Pops Popswell, Wilton doubles as reed and bass player, and does nothing but impress on both counts. Incredible funk throughout the album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 31, 2010
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If I could recommend anyone a great introduction to the best in mid 70's jazz-funk music than this would be one of the first albums I'd mention. Reason is that throughout this album it not only provides an fine example of that genre of music but The Crusaders' ability to cover a very wide field of textures,melodies,harmonic variations and musicianship while still maintaining a sound that was very distinctly there's. This is an aspect of a sound you'd hear on all the Steely Dan albums of the period along with soon-to-be up and comers Stuff. Across these ten songs you have Joe,Wilton,Stix,Larry and everyone else involved just sinking as deep into the grooves as deep as they can and letting the music flow through like pure liquid sound. That slippery,yet at the same time driving sound is present on the open tune 'Creole" with it's flowing Moog synthesizer textures while at the same time "Hallucinate" offers up a similar flavor with Stix adding a special touch on cymbals and one other thing I'll go into more detail about. On this song and most others on this album Joe Sample's use of Fender Rhodes provides a key element to the sound. The Rhodes was a key ingredient in this genre on a general level and most everyone who used it in this context ended up expanding the range of the music by using it. That made it very interesting I'm sure for the many detractors of the instrument who critisized it for years for having a rigid and inflexible tone. Because of funk's rhythmic complications it really allowed the instrument to take flight and this album is a fine example of that overall.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pmfreeman on July 6, 2010
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This was/is one of my favorate Crusader recordings. It captures the sound of the time blended with the classic sound of the Crusaders. Great ensemble work and wonderful soloing, with a couple of phenomenal Wayne Henderson solos.
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