Chuck Nessa

Bob Cranshaw - RIP

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Michael Weiss has reported the news on FaceBook.

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and the bass lick from The Sidewinder immediately came into my head...no conscious thought necessary.  So thanks for that, and everything else.

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First, I remember his smile. Not sure why.

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The several times I saw him with Sonny, he seemed a solid and calm guy.

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So long...

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RIP. That bass line on "The Sidewinder" is what most people remember, but he did a lot great work elsewhere.

2 hours ago, Chuck Nessa said:

First, I remember his smile. Not sure why.

Me too. When I saw him with Sonny, he had this big grin the entire time. Seemed like a really nice guy based on interviews I've seen of him.

 

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First ran across him and Walter Perkins at a jam session in Evanston, Ill. (Cranshaw's home town) circa 1956-7, when I was in high school. They sounded terrific.

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His strength, endurance, intuition, flexibility, time, swing, chops, taste were vital elements in making Sonny Rollins - Our Man In Jazz the success it was.

R.I.P. Bob Cranshaw.

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I have been thinking of Bob Cranshaw often with the recent fundraising campaign, and I was hoping for a miracle.  I had the privilege of seeing him three times with Sonny Rollins, with Cranshaw on upright the last time, which was an unexpected treat.  He was originally scheduled to play with the big band DIVA (unless there is someone else who could be listed as Bobby Cranshaw) in Pittsburgh in March, and I was looking forward to seeing him with a big band.  Like many others here, I have many recordings that have benefited from his contributions, and I'm sure that I'll add more to my collection.  In fact, I had finished listening to one of those albums, Up, Up and Away by Sonny Criss, shortly before seeing this terrible news.  Thank you for the music, Mr. Cranshaw, and rest in peace.

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RIP.  What a nice man.  When in college, I was head of the jazz concert commission, and we presented Sonny Rollins in the spring of 1975.  After the sound check, I walked around campus with Bob for about an hour.  It seemed like most of the conversation was about me - he was genuinely interested in me, asked a lot of questions, and invited me to his house on Long Island, where he had a son who was my age.  I'll never forget that walk with him.

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first of all i swear to god i looked at the campaign last night.  because i discovered the just posted campaign for alphonse mouzon, and the next featured related link was Bobs, which I had seen prior, but i clicked and viewed and thought about it, very end of night-

in addition to sonny of course, one of the very best part of the whole sonny concert experience was seeing bob cranshaw.  one important thing about him  i learned by being around him was that he was very proud of was his involvement with TV show Sesame St.  he was very proud of his role in what that show did for people.

i asked him why he used a fender electric bass on rough n tumble but acoustic bass on hank mobley albums and he said stanley asked him to bring it to the session, and hank was going for a more straight ahead thing. 

I saw Bob outside of a Sonny performance once....he was a special guest at a huge all star concert at ucla- so i saw the Sidewinder (& "gettin around") rhythm section: Barry Harris / Bob Cranshaw / Billy Higgins + Charles Lloyd rock "Sweet Georgia Brown"....

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Yet more sad news - I'll be sure to play some of his stellar playing on Blue Note later on in the day. Maybe also the video of his 1974 Sonny Rollins gig at Ronnie Scott's. His music lives on - RIP.

This year has been an absolute bummer for jazz musician passings.

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A big loss. RIP.

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Saw him with the Junior Mance trio in Leeds in the late 60s in a double bill with the George Shearing group which included Red Mitchell. Quite a night for bass players!

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Bob Cranshaw never had his own session as a leader. I recall once reading there was a released called "Blues Bass Lines" coming out. It turned out to be a Jamey Aebersold practice guide. :) 

 

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He was on one of the first jazz LPs I bought - Sonny's Our Man in Jazz - and his playing never lost that heartbeat.

Thank you, Mr. Cranshaw.

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THAT is sad news!

He was on so many of the important albums of the past decades. ..

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Sad news. He was something else. I never got the chance to see him perform.

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I saw Sonny Rollins   once a decade for 5 decades and Bob was with him for at least three of them.  I think I took him too much for granted. (You don't miss your water.......)

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