Bob Cranshaw

Born: December 10, 1932    Primary Instrument: Bass

Bob Cranshaw

Bob Cranshaw has been the bassist of choice for Sonny Rollins since 1959. Their forty-seven-year collaboration is the subject of a new video on Sonny's website, “Bob Cranshaw and Sonny Rollins, The First Gig.” Created by Bret Primack, it features interviews with both Rollins and Cranshaw . Exclusive performance footage includes excerpts from The Sonny Rollins Group in Concert back in April in California. The content is also available as an MP3 download.

Born December 10, 1932, the Evanston, Illinois native started on drums and piano before switching to the tuba and bass in high school. He was a founding member of Walter Perkins' MJT +3 band in 1957 and it was Perkins who recommended Bob to Sonny as a replacement bassist for a gig at the first Playboy Jazz Festival in Chicago in 1959....
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As sideman

With Nat Adderley
Sayin' Somethin'
(1966, Atlantic Records) With Johnny Coles
Little Johnny C
(1963, Blue Note Records) With Dexter Gordon
(1965 - released 1979, Blue Note) With Grant Green
Idle Moments
(1963, Blue Note Records) With Joe Henderson
Inner Urge
(1964, Blue Note Records) With Maurice Hines
Maurice Hines: To Nat "King" Cole With Love
(2005, Arbors Records) With Bobby Hutcherson
(1966, Blue Note Records) With Jackie McLean
Right Now!
(1965, Blue Note) With Grachan Moncur III
(1963, Blue Note Records) With Wes Montgomery
Movin' Wes
(1964, Verve Records)
(1965, Verve Records) With Lee Morgan
The Sidewinder
(1964, Blue Note Records) With Duke Pearson
Hush! (1962)
Wahoo! (1964)
Honeybuns (1965)
Prairie Dog (1966)
Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band (1967)
The Phantom (1968)
Now Hear This (1968)
How Insensitive (1969)
It Could Only Happen with You (1970) With Sonny Rollins
The Bridge
(1962, RCA)
Our Man in Jazz
(1962, RCA Victor)
Sonny Meets Hawk!
(1963, RCA Victor)
This Is What I Do
(2000, Milestone)
Sonny, Please
(2006, EmArcy) With Horace Silver
Serenade to a Soul Sister
(1968, Blue Note) With Paul Simon
There Goes Rhymin' Simon
(1973, Columbia) With Stanley Turrentine
(1964, Blue Note]])
Easy Walker
(1966, Blue Note Records) With Jack Wilson
Easterly Winds
(1967, Blue Note) With Kai Winding
The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones
(1960, Impulse!) With The Young Lions
The Young Lions
(1960, Vee-Jay Records)

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