Bob Crawford/RMCO MUSIC review in Maximum Musician’s Magazine
Review by Marcel Pyron February 20, 2015
Bob Crawford—The Instrumental Giant
Bob Crawford is a multi-talented instrumentalist…his music has so much to offer that it is unbelievable. His music is remarkably clever, solid, and full of incredible professionalism. Everything from the drums to the guitars is outstanding. You will find yourself amazed by his intelligent talent and rhythm. The creativity of each piece is stunning, soulful, fluid, and perfectly produced. One thing for sure is when you listen to him, you will enjoy the his complex harmonies and grooves that seem unstoppable.
Bob Crawford, born in the Bronx, NY, is one of those rare people combining musicality, scholarship, and business acumen into one seamless individual. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1971 (Phi Beta Kappa/Magna cum laude) Bob embarked on his musical career full time. From being the Musical Director, Guitarist, and Vocalist for the National Company of Paul Sills’ “Story Theatre”(1972-3) to the publishing of his John Coltrane, Pat Martino, Nicholas Slonimsky-inspired music theory book “Symmetric Cycles” (by RMCO MUSIC in 2011), Bob has been actively involved in songwriting, arranging, producing, and studio work as a guitarist and vocalist for the past 30 years.
In 1975, Bob founded Josandra Rehearsal Studios in NYC, which became the home of such celebrated musicians as Pat Martino, Larry Harlow, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Mongo Santamaria, Slide Hampton, Sam Jones, Tom Harrell, Kevin Eubanks, Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie, Brand X, Tom Rush, John Hammond, Aztec 2 Step, Jocelyn Brown, Meat Loaf, Loretta Devine, and Roz Ryan among many others.
In 1986 he acted as President of Lions’ Den Recording in NYC until 1990 when he formed RMCO MUSIC, his full-service production, recording, publishing, and consulting company.
In 1991, Larry Harlow (2008 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Latin Music Hall of Fame Member) recorded “My Time Is Now”(“Mi Tempo Liego”) on the album of the same name, co-written by Bob Crawford and A. Dennis (Doc) Williams of the O’Jays released on Cache/Fania Records. In 2006, Maxine Brown (R&B Hall of Fame Member and Tony Award Winner) recorded another of Bob’s compositions “I Want To Be Loved” released on her album “From the Heart” (Mee Max Music, Inc.) He continues to write, publish, and place songs with recording artists, for underscoring in film, TV, product placement, ringtones, video games, etc. in genres such as Pop, R&B, Rock, Contemporary Crossover Jazz, Dance, Singer-Songwriter, and Folk idioms to this day.
On June 1, 2013, Bob released BOB CRAWFORD/RMCO MUSIC presents: CONTEMPORARY JAZZ CROSSOVER INSTRUMENTALS Vol.1 & 2 on RMCO MUSIC, available at AmazonMP3, Bandcamp, iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify.
You will be very pleased by every song you hear from this phenomenal artist. The vast array of skills of this one man is truly music to ones ear. His impeccable attention to theory, complexity, and sheer creative tightness in his rhythm is enough to make any musician want to know his secrets. He is a master of his art, and a legend in his own time. You won’t forget the day you heard “Bob Crawford,” the completely amazing musical genius. He will stand out to, you with his invigorating musical abilities.
I strongly suggest you check out the single “Babycake Walk”…it has a enormous groove to it that will make one want to strut downtown. The bass in the song is nothing less than amazing, with killer pops that stand out. Everything about this song will stand out to you, not one instrument is lacking. It is so full of flavor that it will make your mouth water. Bob Crawford has out done himself with this great instrumental work of art. It is total masterpiece and should be streamed everywhere for the world’s listening pleasure. I give a 5-star and two thumbs all the way up and I know you will too.
Babycake Walk: https://www.box.com/s/5eojp514gcwhifgps67u
Links to Bob Crawford:
Official Website: http://www.carosta.com/bob-crawford/
Soundcloud (RMCO Music): https://soundcloud.com/rmco-music/sets