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date: 05 December 2019

Felder, Wilton (Lewis)locked

  • Thomas Owens
  •  and Barry Kernfeld



(b Houston, Aug 31, 1940; d Houston, Sept 27, 2015). American tenor saxophonist and electric bass guitarist. He began playing as a child. In 1951 he and Joe Sample joined Stix Hooper’s group, the Swingsters, which in the 1960s became known as the Jazz Crusaders and in the 1970s as the Crusaders (jazz). His powerful, blues-based playing on tenor saxophone is an important element of the group’s sound; as a composer he is well represented by That’s how I Feel, on the album Crusaders 1 (1971, Blue Thumb 6001). As a saxophonist he worked only occasionally independently of the Crusaders, making two albums as a leader and recording with Charles Kynard (Reelin’ with the Feelin’, 1969, Prst. 7688). Around 1968 he began to play electric bass guitar, both with the Crusaders (on whose recordings he overdubbed his saxophone parts) and as a studio musician at sessions led by Archie Shepp (...

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