Afro Physicist / Theo Croker
Theo Croker’s OKeh debut album was developed while he was living in Shanghai and reflects the experiences Croker made in China. “I’ve always tried to find my own way,” Croker states. “I went to Oberlin College instead of Juilliard. Then I went to China. Once there, I opened up – not only to survive but to investigate what was going on. I joined a way-out fusion group led by Alec Haavik, but I also joined a salsa band. Musicians in China don’t have stereotypes. To live well, you played everything.” Afro Physicists includes elements of rock, hip hop, R&B and swing mixed with Afrobeat rhythms. Besides three vocal tracks from different eras and genres sung by Dee Dee Bridgewater, it features rearranged songs by James Moody and Michael Jackson, all on a jazz backdrop.