My Personal Story About Jazz Crusaders
Summer may be the most written about season of the year. From “Summertime” in Porgy and Bess to Eddie Cochran’s classic “Summertime Blues,” artists have tried to capture the hope, the anticipation, and the frustration of summer. Sometimes those emotions lead to love, sometimes to riots. No song captures all these moods better than “Summer Madness” by the Jazz Crusaders, one of the post-bop era’s great bands. I especially like how they keep changing the tempo, speeding up and slowing down, catching the listener off-guard. Their sound was considered soul-jazz in the ’60’s and ’70’s. This particular song is from a collection of live festival recordings that recreate the intensity of the festival atmosphere.