ION INDIE MAGAZINE Review of Bob Crawford—RMCO MUSIC (Reprint)
Review by Kiki Plesha
Other than the 'jaunty chapeau in his photo, it would be safe to say that Bob Crawford wears many hats...and they are of many styles. Bob's talent has been far-reaching; encompassing Rock, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Folk, Alternative and New Country--and many variances in between. And under all those hats resides the man himself...Musician, Producer, Author, Consultant, Guitarist, Arranger, Stage Manager, Recording Engineer and Composer. He is a one-man phenomenon and even, at times, a one-man-band.
Having been in the music industry for quite some time, Bob has a rather large song catalog and long track record, working with such varied artists as Jocelyn Brown, Mick Taylor, Maxine Brown, Dennis Williams (O’Jays, Temptations), Larry Harlow, Ron Richardson, Carl Hall, Aztec 2 Step, Beverly Crosby, Loretta Devine, and Vondie Curtis Hall.
As President of RMCO MUSIC, a full service Music Production/Event Management company, Bob is BUSY...currently working with Grammy Award winner Larry Harlow and Zon del Barrio in NYC. He is the author of newly published "Symmetric Cycles", his John Coltrane/Pat Martino/Nicholas Slonimsky-inspired music theory book. He has also recorded 2 Crossover Jazz instrumentals "BOB CRAWFORD/RMCO MUSIC Presents: CONTEMPORARY JAZZ CROSSOVER INSTRUMENTALS Vol. 1 a 2", available from AmazonMP3, Bandcamp, iTunes & Google Play, and Spotify. In his "spare" time, he also provides customized music for business advertising. Excuse me...I think I need a nap just WRITING about Bob Crawford...OK, I'm BACK!
Bob was Musical Director/Guitarist/Singer for the National Company of Paul Sills'"Story Theatre", which enjoyed a year-long run on Broadway, coveting 2 Tony Awards and a nomination.
Bob also wrote "My Time Is Now" (19911 with Dennis Williams [(O’Jays, Temptations) recorded by Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner and Latin Music-Salsa Hall of Fame member Larry Harlow for Cache Records (Fania). He additionally wrote "I Want To Be Loved" [2006) recorded by R&B Hall of Fame member and Tony Award winner Maxine Brown. He has worked as a Session Guitarist, Vocalist. Writer, Producer, and Arranger, for artists ranging from Phoebe Snow to McFadden & Whitehead for 30 years.
Note to self: It has just occurred to me what a slacker I am.
Bob Crawford's many accomplishments and the roster of notable names he has worked with goes on and on.
In all seriousness, this man means BUSINESS...the music business, that is.