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 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.
Still active today RMCO MUSIC boasts such varied clients as Larry Harlow, Mick Taylor, Jocelyn Brown, Maxine Brown, Ron Richardson, Vickilyn Reynolds, Carl Hall, Beverly Crosby, and Vondie Curtis-Hall.
In 1991, Larry Harlow (2008 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Latin Music Hall of Fame Member) recorded “My Time Is Now”(“Mi Tiempo Llego”) 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 “From the Heart” (Mee Max Music, Inc.) He continues to write, publish, and place songs with recording artists, 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 2 Contemporary Jazz albums on RMCO MUSIC:
BOB CRAWFORD/RMCO MUSIC presents: CONTEMPORARY JAZZ CROSSOVER INSTRUMENTALS Vol. 1 Now available at the following online stores… You can preview/purchase individual tracks starting at $0.99 or the entire album starting at $5.99...Prices may vary from store to store…
At AmazonMP3: http://amzn.to/1a4URvx
BOB CRAWFORD/RMCO MUSIC presents: CONTEMPORARY JAZZ CROSSOVER INSTRUMENTALS Vol.2 is now available at the following online stores… You can preview/purchase individual tracks starting at $0.99 or the entire album starting at $5.99...Prices may vary from store to store…
IIn May 2011, Bob's John Coltrane/Pat Martino/Nicholas Slonimsky-inspired music theory book "Symmetric Cycles" was published by RMCO MUSIC and distributed by Charles Colin Publications, NYC.
"Symmetric Cycles", inspired by the work of John Coltrane, Pat Martino, and Nicholas Slonimsky offers new ways of stretching the melodic and harmonic boundaries of Modal Jazz, Blues, Pentatonic Rock, Latin (Montunos, etc.) Reggae, World Music, etc., creating sound colors that will open your ears in ways you may not have experienced before. It also is extremely useful compositionally-- connecting chords in very unique ways, adding emotional sound colors to original musical works. As a teaching tool, I believe it to be very valuable for advanced students as well as seasoned players. You can preview several pages of the book on the website by clicking on the “Look Inside” tab. Here is the web address:
And at Jamey Aebersold’s Jazzbooks site: http://www.jazzbooks.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=JAJAZZ&Product_Code=SYMC&Category_Code=#.UT9KAxz_mSo
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