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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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||The Fundamentals||The Fundamentals||8:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Left Sided||The Fundamentals||6:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
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||Blooze||The Fundamentals||9:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Middle Passage||The Fundamentals||6:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Falling||The Fundamentals||7:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Interlude One||The Fundamentals||2:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Interlude Three||The Fundamentals||3:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Interlude Two||The Fundamentals||1:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|