In the Tradition

In the Tradition

by Theo Croker


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In the Tradition

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2009
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941137224
catalogNumber: 19372
Rank: 134902

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
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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