MP3 Craig T Cooper - HourGlass
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JAZZ: Smooth Jazz, URBAN/R&B: Contemporary urban
Craig T. Cooper
âThe Redsâ is the only suitable phrase for the smooth, sensuous style of guitar playing that Craig T. Cooper has mastered. Not all blues, not all jazz, Craig T. is the âThe Uncola of Jazzâ and just plain âFunky-Sexyâ Craig T. Cooper is a recording artist, producer, songwriter, arranger, M.D., sound engineer, programmer, mix and re-mix master, owner of CRAIGLAND Studios, LA and an all around damn good musician. His credits are endless and his experience is invaluable. So letâs start at the beginningâ¦.Who is Craig T. Cooper?
Craig T. Cooper, the youngest of seven children, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. As a young child he exhibited signs of immense musical talent. His musical talents first became apparent at the tender age of four. Soon after he began cello lessons, he hoped to follow in his brother Ronâs footsteps, who is a world-renowned cellist. Craigâs thirst for music was unquenchable and he progressed from cello to the trumpet, drums, and piano and finally guitar â his instrument of choice. Not only did he have a unique aptitude for the guitar it didnât take long for him to establish his own identity as a studio musician and soloist. Combined with his creative flair and electronic background, Craig became a force to be reckoned with early in his music career.
1984 marked the beginning of his rise to prominence as a studio musician. His first big break with El DeBarge subsequently led to non-stop studio work. He honed his craft and refined his style as he worked with such musical luminaries as; Anita Baker, Bob Dylan, Barry Manilow, The Boys, Rochelle Ferrell, The OâJays, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Lalah Hathaway, Klymaxx, LeVert, The Jacksons, The Crusaders, and Tone Loc. To diversify, he worked on numerous movie soundtracks and his own âpet projectsâ. On occasion Craig T. also hit the road and toured with the likes of Cheryl Lynn, Billy Preston, Ronnie Laws and many others.
Subsequent to his touring, Craig T. was signed to Valley Vue Records in 1989, which spawned four critically acclaimed albums: âCRAIG T. COOPER PROJECTâ (1989), âGOT THAT THANGâ (1990), âDARKMâNâ (1991) and âGREATEST HITSâ (1994). His collaboration with singer/songwriter Denise Stewart would lead to the Standard âQuality Timeâ from the âGOT THAT THANGâ album. Craig T. wrote and produced the material, he also played all the instruments as well as programmed, mixed and re-mixed the albums. These unique abilities lead to engineering and mixing other records. Many artists, to name a few, would contribute their talents to his original projects over the years such as Joe Sample, Bobby Lyle, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, the Jazz Crusaders, Gerald Albright, Gerald LeVert, and the most unusual being a harmonica solo featuring Mykelti Williamson of âForrest Gumpâ , âWaiting to Exhaleâ and âAliâ.
His success on Valley Vue Records inspired SIN-DROME records to sign him in 1995. Craig completed two wonderful releases from the label; the first being âTOUCH-TONEâ (1995), which features his label-mates Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder of the Jazz Crusaders on the hit single âCan I Still Play With The Band?â. And the second named âROMANTIC LETTERâ (1996) featuring cover tunes such as âSensitivityâ (penned by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) and âNever Too Muchâ (written by The Late Great" Luther Vandross) reaped some very positive responses from the Masters themselves! In fact they were totally knocked out by Craigâs unusually bold treatment to their hits.âCAUGHT UP IN A MOMENTâ (2001) featuring Gerald Levert with a cover of the hit âPop, Pop Goes My Mindâ which CTC did the original production. Also on the CD features Gerald Albright and Kevin Toney just to name a few.
So what has this impresario been up to lately? Well to say the least, Heâs scoring the upcoming film âFOOTCOPSâ and featured on the Multi-platinum LSG release âShakeDownâ. and Hidden Beach recording artist Unwrapped. Currently heâs back in the studio with Living Legend Saxophonist Ronnie Laws. Craig T. just finished his 8th album âHOUR GLASSâ featuring Ronnie Laws, Kevin Toney, Val Watson (Club Neuvou) and others. Craig T. was on tour with Euge Groove and Kevin Toney. His long time friendship and musical association with Gerald LeVert has landed him a platinum record for the hit single âBaby You Areâ which he co-wrote and produced for Gerald. He is also touring as M.D. with the world-renowned Loose Ends and the hot selling jazz saxophonist Jimmy Sommers and also performed on the legendary saxophonist Tom Scott. Whew! Did I get it all? Iâm sure I left something out but if you want to get some serious sounds first hand, contact Craig T. on his web-siteâ¦â¦
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A few of Craig T. Cooperâs Credits are listed below:
Film and television:
ACTION JACKSON (Lorimar), SCREWBALL HOTEL (MCA), SOUL FOOD (HBO), SOUL OF THE GAME (Showtime), KNIGHTS IN THE CITY (New World), NEW JACK CITY (Uptown), THE BERNIE MAC SHOW (UPN)
LSG, George Benson, Gerald Levert, Quincy Jones, Sounds of Blackness, Gerald Albright, Joe Sample, Anita Baker, Barry Manilow, El DeBarge, BeBe Winans, The OâJays, Aaron Neville, Lalah Hathaway, Bob Dylan, Tracey Spencer, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Paul Jackson, Jr., Tisha Campbell, Johnny Kemp, Donald Byrd, Queen Pen, Dionne Warwicke, Rochelle Ferrell, Bobby Lyle, Everett Harp, Bobby Caldwell, The Crusaders, Kashif, Doc Powell, Shanice, Tom Scott, Club Nouveau, Irene Cara, Gap Band (Charlie Wilson), Jimmy Sommers, Cris Brotti, Kevin Toney, Larry Carlton, Poncho Sanchez, Herbert Laws, Roy Ayers, LeVert, Tiffany, Keith Sweat, Johnny Gil, George Clinton, Carl Anderson, Seals & Croft, Peter White, Howard Hewitt, Tina Marie, Rick James, Laura Branigan, DeBarge, Christopher Williams, The Temptations, Shalamar, Cheryl Lynn, Klymaxx, Chico DeBarge, Missy Elliott, Cherelle, https://www.tradebit.comly, The Boys, Miki Howard, EnVouge, Phil Perry, The Four Tops, Bobby Womack, Ronnie Laws, Debra Laws, Lakeside, Sly Stone, Billy Preston, Jimmy Smith, Tierra, P-Funk All Stars, Rick Braun, Okay that's all I can think of.
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