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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.
Born: February 18, 1985 in Leesburg, FL
Years Active: '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Theo Croker
||Visions (feat. Stefon Harris)||AfroPhysicist||6:38||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Realize||AfroPhysicist||5:37||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Save Your Love for Me (feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater)||AfroPhysicist||5:31||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Wanting Your Love||AfroPhysicist||4:43||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||It's Not You It's Me (But You Didn't Help)||AfroPhysicist||6:14||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Blooze||The Fundamentals||9:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Can't Help It (feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater)||AfroPhysicist||5:30||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Fundamentals||The Fundamentals||8:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||With You||The Fundamentals||5:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Focus||The Fundamentals||7:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|