The Crusaders: Street Life (Live at Montreux 2003)

I’ve always loved the music of The Crusaders, as evidence by my well-worn albums by the group.

So I was excited to find this clip from their 2003 performance at Montreux. “Street Life” was released on the album of the same name in 1979, and this track originally featured Wilton Felder on bass.

While Felder was in the lineup for this performance (on sax), “Ready” Freddie Washington lays down the groove on the tune.

From the video description: “The Crusaders were one of the pioneers of Jazz-Funk music in the seventies and have made a number of visits to Montreux over the years. This DVD focuses on their performance from 2003 when the band were touring in support of their album Rural Renewal. Founder members Joe Sample and Wilton Felder were joined in the line-up by long-standing friend Ray Parker Jr on guitar and by the inimitable Randy Crawford on vocals. They delivered a set that spanned their career from early days up to their latest album capped with a stunning nine-minute plus performance of their classic ‘Street Life’ and finished off with a fun rendition of Ray Parker Jr’s ‘Ghostbusters.'”

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