Croz

Croz

by David Crosby
     
 

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It's been 20 years since David Crosby released a collection of new songs, but he's hardly been quiet in those two decades. His occasional reunions with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and sometimes Neil Young get the most attention, but he also appeared on See more details below

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It's been 20 years since David Crosby released a collection of new songs, but he's hardly been quiet in those two decades. His occasional reunions with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and sometimes Neil Young get the most attention, but he also appeared on David Gilmour's 2006 album On an Island and, more notably, often worked with his son James Raymond on a band called CPR. Raymond is David's chief collaborator on Croz, a skillful evocation of Crosby's early-'70s haze as filtered through early-'90s professionalism. As always, Crosby is supported by a cast of heavy-hitters, but where 1993's A Thousand Roads sometimes seemed weighed down by cameos (an emphasis on covers also helped shift the spotlight away from the man at the center), Croz is tastefully decorated with sly solos by Mark Knopfler and Wynton Marsalis, the focus forever remaining on Croz himself. At the age of 72, his voice remains sweet, sometimes airy, and he and Raymond take advantage of both qualities, occasionally conjuring ghosts of CSN's early-'80s soft rock ("Radio" could easily have slipped onto Daylight Again), but usually allowing the music to amiably drift and linger, sometimes settling in the conscious, sometimes dissipating. Even with songs as spare and haunting as "If She Called" -- nothing more than an electric guitar and voice there -- Croz is too dedicated to tasty, in-the-pocket grooves and cleanly sculpted digital production to truly be an heir to If I Could Only Remember My Name, but it's the only other solo record of Crosby's that attempts to reckon with similar emotions and sounds. That Croz prefers certainty to the untrammeled melancholy of If I Could Only Remember My Name is a reflection of where he stands in 2014: he's aware he's building upon a past he sometimes pines for, yet he's restless enough to forage ahead into new territory, but only when he's surrounded by cozy, familiar settings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2014
Label:
Blue Castle Records
UPC:
0852550011421
catalogNumber:
1142
Rank:
5236

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Crosby   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Shane Fontayne   Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Mark Knopfler   Electric Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Wynton Marsalis   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Kevin McCormick   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
James Raymond   Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass,Sampled Guitar
Steve Tavaglione   Synthesizer,Soprano Saxophone,Woodwind,Wind Instruments
Leland Sklar   Bass Guitar
Steve DiStanislao   Percussion,Drums
Marcus Eaton   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Electric Sitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Todd Caldwell   Hammond B3

Technical Credits

David Crosby   Composer,Producer
Shane Fontayne   Composer,Engineer
James Raymond   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Percussion Programming
Doug Sax   Mastering
Ed Wong   Studio Manager
Daniel Garcia   Producer,Engineer
Robert Hadley   Mastering
Brian Porizek   Art Direction
Marcus Eaton   Composer
Donald Miller   Management
Sterling Price   Composer
Michael Jensen   Publicity
Cree Miller   Management
Kevin Madigan   Engineer
Jeffrey "Jedi Master" Jones   Engineer
Django Crosby   Cover Photo

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