Felder in 1978
|Birth name||Wilton Lewis Felder|
|Born||August 31, 1940|
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Died||September 27, 2015 75) (aged|
Whittier, California, U.S.
|Associated acts||The Crusaders|
Wilton Lewis Felder (August 31, 1940 – September 27, 2015) was an American saxophone and bass player, and is best known as a founding member of The Jazz Crusaders, later known as The Crusaders.
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The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings or courses.
The Crusaders was an American jazz fusion group that was popular in the 1970s. The group was known as the Jazz Crusaders before shortening its name in 1971.
Felder was born in Houston, Texas and studied music at Texas Southern University.Felder, Wayne Henderson, Joe Sample, and Stix Hooper founded their group while in high school in Houston. 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 continued to work in its later versions, which often featured other founding members.
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Felder also worked as a West Coast studio musician, mostly playing electric bass, for various soul and R&B musicians, and was one of the in-house bass players for Motown Records, when the record label opened operations in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. He played on recordings by The Jackson 5 such as "I Want You Back" and "The Love You Save", as well as for Marvin Gaye and Grant Green. He also played bass for soft rock groups like Seals and Crofts. Also of note were his contributions to the John Cale album, Paris 1919 , and Billy Joel's Piano Man and Streetlife Serenade albums. He was one of three bass players on Randy Newman's Sail Away (1972) and Joan Baez' Diamonds & Rust . Felder also anchored albums from Joni Mitchell and Michael Franks.
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Felder played a King Super 20 tenor sax with a metal 105/0 Berg Larsen mouthpiece. He also used Yamaha saxes. He played a Fender Precision bass, and also played Aria bass guitars.
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Felder died in 2015 at his home in Whittier, California from multiple myeloma.He was 75.
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With The (Jazz) Crusaders
With John Cale
With Michael Franks
With Dizzy Gillespie
With Grant Green
With Milt Jackson
With John Klemmer
With Charles Kynard
With Carmen McRae
With Joni Mitchell
With Shuggie Otis
With Jean-Luc Ponty
With Seals & Crofts
With Jimmy Smith
With Gerald Wilson
With Hugh Masekela
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