Star People Nation Theo Croker

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Label: Masterworks

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Traditional Jazz

Interpret: Theo Croker

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  • 1Have You Come to Stay04:45
  • 2Getaway Gold (Feat. Rose Gold)03:48
  • 3Subconscious Flirtations and Titillations04:41
  • 4Wide Open03:46
  • 5Portrait of William03:16
  • 6Just Let It Ride05:39
  • 7Crestfallen04:24
  • 8The Messenger (feat. ELEW)05:08
  • 9Alkebulan (feat. Eric Harland and Kassa Overall)02:52
  • 10Understand Yourself05:07
  • Total Runtime43:26

Info zu Star People Nation

Theo Croker ist der aufregendste Jazz-Trompeter seiner Generation, Kritiker-Liebling und innovativer Hip-Hop Producer - etwa für J. Cole oder Common. Für sein Album "Star People Nation" hat der Enkel von Jazz-Legende Doc Cheatham Hip Hop Beats, R'n'B Elemente, Jazz und Funk in den wilden Hexenkessel seiner Band geworfen und damit das Jazz-Album der Stunde abgeliefert! "Ich nehme mein eigenes multikulturelles Sein innerhalb meiner Identität als Schwarzer an" erklärt Croker: "Zum ersten Mal nehme ich mein Instrument, meine Geschichte und meine Identität als Musiker und Komponist an." In den achtzehn Monaten der Arbeit an Star People Nation nahm Croker einen radikalen Ortswechsel vor und zog von New York, das lange Jahre seine Heimat gewesen war, nach Los Angeles, um neue künstlerische Impulse zu erhalten. "Seit ich hier lebe, ist es mir gelungen, eine neue Gemeinschaft von Kreativen um mich zu scharen. Zu sehen, wie Künstler aus anderen Bereichen arbeiten, hat mich wirklich inspiriert, mich nicht zu sehr auf einen bestimmten Stil festzulegen". Für Abmischung und Mastering holte Croker den Grammy-Gewinner und mehrfach mit Platin ausgezeichneten Produzenten und Toningenieur Bob Power (Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, D'Angelo). Heraus kam eine einzigartige Mischung aus Irdischem und Himmlischem, eine Transzendenz des Klangs auf der Grundlage eines facettenreichen eklektischen Stils.

Theo Croker, Trompete
Michael King, Piano
Eric Wheeler, Bass
Michael Ode, Schlagzeug

Mastered & mixed by Grammy Award winner Bob Power (D'angelo, Erykah Badu)

Theo Croker
His talent is innate; he inherited a unique gift from his grandfather, the legendary trumpet player Doc Cheatham. Theo Croker is one young musician who is not afraid of greatness, or the hard work and dedication it takes to get there.

Born and raised in Leesburg, Florida on July 18, 1985, Theo first picked up a trumpet at age eleven after a visit to New York City where he heard his grandfather play at Sweet Basil. At age 92, Doc died the following year, but Theo continued to listen to his recordings. “I would just sit in my room and play my trumpet for hours without knowing what I was doing,” Theo says. “I would slowly teach myself new notes and play along with recordings of my grandfather and other greats. I noticed that I could fit in with what I was hearing harmonically.” It was at a memorial service for his grandfather, when he had his first chance to perform for jazz-savvy audience. “I was only twelve years old, but the way the music touched people and the way it made me feel was enough to set me for life. I knew it was what I wanted to do.”

After high school, Theo had his pick of the country’s finest music schools, but the great Donald Byrd, the multi-Grammy® Award winning composer and recording artist, was like a magnet that pulled him to the Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio. Jazz legends like Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, Billy Hart, Wendell Logan, Marcus Belgrave, and Dan Wall also taught at Oberlin. “I didn’t want to study with teachers, once I knew I could study with actual players, active jazz legends. That made the call for me,” Theo says. After graduating from Oberlin in 2007, Theo began his postgraduate education, hanging out and playing with older musicians like Benny Powell, Jimmy and Tootie Heath, Billy Hart, and Marcus Belgrave. “They taught me how to live my life. Things not to do that they did, and things to do that they didn’t,” he explains.

Theo received the Presser Music Foundation Award in the spring of 2006. He used the grant money to record his first album, The Fundamentals, in New York City with The Theo Croker Sextet. The band’s members were all in their early twenties and each as impressive as the next; they define the ambitious and highly skilled lions of their generation.

The response has been incredible. Donald Byrd praises Theo’s musicianship: “There are good, great and nice musical players, but then there are phenomenal instrumentalists, such as Theo. I would place Theo in a class of musicians who will redirect the flow, change and alter the current of today’s New Jazz. Theo has the ability and the intelligence to challenge the direction of Nu Music. Theo is one of today’s titans. He is a Sankofa.” Marcus Belgrave says, “Theo Croker is one of the most promising and creative trumpeters on the horizon today and is also one of the most energetic artists I have ever encountered.”

“He has the tools, the intelligence, the ability and the talents,” praises Wynton Marsalis. “The future looks bright for Croker.”

So many of the greats have influenced him: Louis Armstrong, Doc Cheatham, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard, Booker Little, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, and Marcus Belgrave, as well as contemporaries like Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Terrence Blanchard. Composers like John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, and too many others to name. Other strong influences come from hip hop & R&B: Stevie Wonder, Digable Planets, Outkast, Quincy Jones, Pharrell, and many, many others. Theo recently returned to the United States after a seven-year stay in Shanghai, China. The experience pushed him to broaden his idea of jazz to encompass other genres (including salsa, fusion/rock, blues, etc.), as all Shanghai musicians have to. During his time there, Theo held a five-month residency at Shanghai’s “House of Blues and Jazz,” and was soon after hired as the house band for Asia Uncut Star Network–a late night television show modeled on the Tonight Show–where Theo served as the bandleader and in-house composer until mid-2010.

It was in Shanghai where Theo met and performed for the first time with vocal icon Dee Dee Bridgewater, who performs on and produced his upcoming album, AfroPhysicist. Available May 20 on DDB Records via Sony Music Masterwork’s OKeh imprint, the album serves as the first release on Bridgewater’s label by anyone other than herself since its inception in 1996.

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