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Croker, Theo / Escape Velocity
Album:Escape Velocity Collection:Out for Review
Artist:Croker, Theo Added:03/2017
Label:Okeh 

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Add Date:2017-04-19 Pull Date:2017-06-21 Charts:Jazz

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Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2017-03-20 
CONTEMPORARY SOUL/FUNK JAZZ

Trumpeter Theo Croker’s fourth album is outstanding with good melodies and lush, dense textures throughout. Accompanying instruments include electric piano, organ and synth; winds (usually alto sax, sometimes flute, bass clarinet); guitar; bass & drums. All good. Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater guests on #13.

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1 * Slow. Blast off with cymbal crashes (!), a trumpet fanfare, spacey synths, and spoken word. Spiritual lyric. Drums roll continuously into track #2. (2:04)
2 ** Mid-tempo. Trumpet leads with a soaring, sometimes punctuated melody. (3:53)
3 Mid-fast. Lively with a bit of R&B. Nice alto sax solo. (4:46)
4 ** Very fast; very energetic. Powerful trumpet; some effects; syncopated rhythms. (3:30)
5 Slow. Uncredited spoken words. Easy-going, legato melody. Bass clarinet ends it. (3:53)
6 ** Very fast. Big ensemble sound. Maybe a bit Latin. Impressive trumpet solo. (2:51)
7 Mid-tempo. African spoken intro. Trumpet, noises, African percussion. Interesting. (2:01)
8 * Vary fast. More straight-forward. Leads by trumpet, alto sax, piano, elec guitar. (5:07)
9 Very fast; high energy. Breathing sounds. Big solos by organ & tenor sax. (5:01)
10 ** Fast. Catchy, happy melody. Fun, uplifting vocal chant. (3:24)
11 Slow breathy ballad for half; midway shifts gears into big anthem; finishes soft. (4:54)
12 Mid-tempo. Cool percussion. Sonically muddy. (2:32)
13 * Dee Dee reprises soulful tune she did with Norman Connors in ’73. Faster now. (4:28)
14 * Mid-tempo. Little theme on trumpet; then full-scale funk with organ, horns, etc. (4:30)
15 Slow. Peaceful, quiet benediction to wrap up. Just trumpet & acoustic piano. (2:08)

Track Listing
1.Raise Your Vibrations 8.Meditations
2.Transcend 9.We Can't Breathe
3.This Could Be 10.It's Gonna Be Alright
4.In Orbit 11.Because Of You
5.No Escape From Bliss 12.Real Episode
6.The Right Time 13.Love From The Sun
7.A Call To The Ancestors 14.Changes
 15.Rahspect (Amen)