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Wilton Felder
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| birth_place = Houston, Texas, U.S.| origin = 2015278|31}} | death_place = Whittier, California, U.S.| genre = Jazz, R&B| occupation = MusicianSaxophone, Bass guitar>bass| years_active = 1959–2015| label = The Crusaders (Houston group)>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.

Biography

Felder was born in Houston, Texas and studied music at Texas Southern University.NEWS, Slotnik, Daniel E., Wilton Felder, Saxophonist for the Crusaders, Dies at 75,weblink November 14, 2016, The New York Times, October 3, 2015, NEWS, Williams, Richard, Wilton Felder obituary,weblink November 14, 2016, The Independent, October 8, 2015, 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.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, Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic (1974), 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.His album Secrets, which prominently featured Bobby Womack on vocals, reached No. 77 in the UK Albums Chart in 1985.BOOK, David, Roberts, 2006, British Hit Singles & Albums, 19th, Guinness World Records Limited, London, 1-904994-10-5, 197, The album featured the minor hit, "(No Matter How High I Get) I'll Still be Looking Up to You", sung by Womack and Alltrinna Grayson.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.Felder died in 2015 at his home in Whittier, California from multiple myeloma. He was 75.NEWS, Colker, David, Wilton Felder, musician who played on many pop hits, dies at 75,weblink November 14, 2016, The Washington Post, NEWS, Smith, William Michael, Legendary Crusaders Sax Man Wilton Felder Passes Away,weblink September 27, 2015, Houston Press, September 27, 2015,

Discography

As leader

  • Bullitt (Pacific Jazz, 1969)
  • We All Have a Star (MCA, 1978)
  • Inherit the Wind (MCA, 1980)
  • Gentle Fire (MCA, 1983)
  • Secrets (MCA, 1985)
  • Love Is a Rush (MCA, 1987)
  • Nocturnal Moods (PAR, 1991)
  • Forever, Always (PAR, 1992)
  • Lets Spend Some Time (BCS, 2005)

As sideman

With The (Jazz) Crusaders With Joan Baez With John Cale '''With Michael Franks With Dizzy Gillespie With Grant Green With Richard "Groove" Holmes With Milt Jackson With John Klemmer With Charles Kynard With Carmen McRae With Joni Mitchell With Shuggie Otis With Jean-Luc Ponty
  • (King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa) (World Pacific/Liberty, 1970)
With Seals & Crofts With Jimmy Smith With Steely Dan With Gerald Wilson With Hugh Masekela

References

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External links

  • {{Allmusic |class=artist |id=wilton-felder-mn0000575199}}
  • {{Discogs artist|60453-Wilton-Felder}}
  • {{IMDb name|0270968}}
  • Wilton Felder isolated bass parts on Jackson 5 hits
  • {{Find a Grave|152988011}}
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