A founding member of The (Jazz) Crusaders and also an artist on his own, remembered for his vibrant collaborations with Bobby Womack, Wilton Felder has died this Sun. Sept. 27 at the age of 75.
Born in Houston TX on Aug. 31, 1940, Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper, Wayne Henderson and Joe Sample joined forces at High School. Together, they would explore Jazz/Rock fusion with a definitive Soul edge. Coming to higher recognition in the 70’s and reaching international stardom in 1979 with the seminal ‘Street Life’ featuring female singer Randy Crawford.
A highly talented saxophone player, Wilton Felder also happened to be a virtuoso on bass. Remembered for his performance on the Jackson 5‘s ‘I Want You Back’ among others.
As a solo artist, he released 9 albums including songs featuring the late Bobby Womack such as ‘(No Matter How High I Get) I’ll Still be Looking Up To You’. But also ‘Inherit The Wind’ which stands among our all time favs.
Felder‘s passing comes only a year after the one of Joe Sample and 18 months after the death of Wayne Henderson. Therefore leaving drummer Stix Hooper as the only living Crusader from the original four.
Our deepest thoughts come to him as to Wilton Felder‘s family and friends. With eternal Love and Respect for such a legacy…