In the Tradition

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Theo Croker is a sharp young trumpeter who made his debut recording in 2006, followed by these 2008 sessions for Arbors. The grandson of the late trumpeter Doc Cheatham, Croker salutes his ancestor by playing a number of songs associated with him, adapting an approach that would have pleased his grandfather, one that keeps the melody in mind and avoids wasting notes. Following a laconic "Black and Blue," Croker digs into a brisk treatment of "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" with a sassy muted horn, though he quickly ducks out to feature pianist Sullivan Fortner. His peppy interpretation of "Struttin' with Some Barbecue" reflects both traditional and modern ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Theo Croker is a sharp young trumpeter who made his debut recording in 2006, followed by these 2008 sessions for Arbors. The grandson of the late trumpeter Doc Cheatham, Croker salutes his ancestor by playing a number of songs associated with him, adapting an approach that would have pleased his grandfather, one that keeps the melody in mind and avoids wasting notes. Following a laconic "Black and Blue," Croker digs into a brisk treatment of "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" with a sassy muted horn, though he quickly ducks out to feature pianist Sullivan Fortner. His peppy interpretation of "Struttin' with Some Barbecue" reflects both traditional and modern touches, while trombonist Benny Powell guests in the strolling take of "Jada." Croker also sings on several tracks, including a swinging "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues" and a warm rendition of "I Cover the Waterfront." Theo Croker is clearly a musician to watch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941137224
  • Catalog Number: 19372
  • Sales rank: 104,936

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Theo Croker Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Albert "Tootie" Heath Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Joe Sanders Bass Guitar
Joe Sanders & His Orchestra Bass
Sullivan Fortner Piano
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Paul Barbarin Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Irving Mills Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Don Redman Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Jim Czak Engineer, Mastering
Duke Ellington Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes, Author
Edward Heyman Composer
Don Raye Composer
Harry Brooks Composer
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Ted Koehler Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Bruce Sievier Composer
Ord Hamilton Composer
Luke Melton Cover Design
Charles N. Daniels Composer
Theo Croker Producer, Audio Production
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