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In the Tradition

  • 1. Black and Blue
    2. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
    3. She's Funny That Way
    4. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
    5. Struttin' with Some Barbecue
    6. You're Blas
    7. Jada
    8. New Orleans
    9. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
    10. St. Louis Blues
    11. I Cover the Waterfront
    12. Bourbon Street Parade
    13. Little Things That Mean So Much
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19372

  • Credits
    ProducerTheo Croker; Theo Croker
    EngineerJim Czak

    Personnel: Theo Croker (vocals, trumpet); Benny Powell (trombone); Sullivan Fortner (piano); Joe Sanders (bass instrument, bass guitar); Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Jim Czak.
    Liner Note Author: Nat Hentoff.
    Recording information: Nola Studios, New York, NY (02/14/2008-02/15/2008).
    Author: Nat Hentoff.
    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. ~ Ken Dryden

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