Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Anthony Crawford: Urban Jazz (2010)

Born June 29 1981, Anthony Crawford was raised in a family of talented musicians. His father, funk and rock drummer, Hubert (H bomb) Crawford, has played with notable greats like James Brown, Mother's Finest, Mark Farner of the Grandfunk Railroad, The Bar-Kays, and then the original drummer for the Eric Gales Band, while his uncle is the legendary jazz saxophonist, Hank Crawford. With such strong musical influences in his life, Anthony began playing the drums at the tender age of 2.
It was not until Anthony reached his 12th birthday that he finally picked up the bass for the very first time. He knew, just at that moment that he was meant to be a bass player. He walked away from the drums, never looked back, and began practicing the bass night and day. When Anthony was 14, he began playing with his father and has set in with the Bette Midler Band. As a freshman in high school, he then met Derrick Dean, keyboardist, and Trevor Taylor, drummer. The trio soon became good friends and decided to form a band. Together they performed at church and for a variety of Memphis community choirs. Through these experiences, Anthony was introduced to many forms of jazz and musical genres.
Anthony began playing with the legendary R&B group Shalmar in 2004, and shortly after with Howard Hewett. He also performed with Justin Timberlake. Then he met jazz saxophonist, Kirk Whalum. Together the pair performed a few shows and collaborated to create the music for a movie commentary filmed in South Africa.
Anthony Crawford is a notable up and coming bassist inspiring generations to come with his unprecedented, eclectic musical talents. Album Urban Jazz is a rare mixture of musical genres including pop, funk, fusion, hip-hop and smooth listening.
01. Windy Days 6:29
02. Play 4 Me 3:48
03. Don't Stop The Music 4:13
04. You're All That I Need 4:31
05. Satisfied 4:19
06. Giant Steps 1:36
07. Next Phase 5:05
08. Conspiracy Theory 2:00
09. A Melody For U 4:59
10. Rhythm Unified 3:39
11. What 5:04
Urban Jazz
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