Bob Cranshaw

Bob Cranshaw

born on 10/12/1932 in Evanston, IL, United States

died on 2/11/2016

Bob Cranshaw

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Melbourne Robert "Bob" Cranshaw[1] (December 3, 1932 – November 2, 2016)[2] was an American jazz bassist. His career spanned the heyday of Blue Note Records to his recent involvement with the Musicians Union. He is perhaps best known for his long association with Sonny Rollins. Cranshaw performed in Rollins's working band on and off for over five decades, starting with a live appearance at the 1959 Playboy jazz festival in Chicago and on record with the 1962 album The Bridge.[3]


Some of Cranshaw's best-known performances include Lee Morgan's The Sidewinder and Grant Green's Idle Moments. Cranshaw also served as the sole session bassist to Sesame Street and The Electric Company songwriter and composer Joe Raposo, and played bass guitar on all songs, tracks, buttons and cues recorded by the Children's Television Workshop during Raposo's tenure. In addition, he was the bass player for Saturday Night Live from 1975 to 1980 and musical director and bassist for Dick Cavett's talk show in the early 1980s. He performed in pit orchestras for numerous Broadway shows including Jesus Christ Superstar, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band: The Musical and many more. He recorded innumerable recording dates for television shows, films and jingles. He is among the most recorded bassists in history.

Along with Wes Montgomery's brother Monk, Cranshaw was among the early jazz bassists to trade his upright bass for an electric bass. He was criticized for this by jazz purists, although he was forced to switch by a back injury incurred in a serious auto accident.

Throughout his long career he also performed on hundreds of television shows and film and television scores. He appears in The Blue Note Story, a 90-minute documentary of the jazz label.

Cranshaw was also a founding member of the short-lived MJT + 3 (Modern Jazz Two) that included Frank Strozier on alto saxophone, Harold Mabern on piano, Willie Thomas on trumpet, and Walter Perkins on drums. The Chicago-based group produced several albums, a number for Vee-Jay Records. Another Cranshaw appearance, Shirley Scott and Stanley Turrentine's Blue Flames (1964), featuring Otis Finch, was recorded for Prestige Records. Cranshaw also played live shows for tap dancer Maurice Hines, along with friend and drummer Paul Goldberg.

Since the 1990s he worked for the musicians union in New York City as an advocate for the rights of jazz musicians. He fought for better pension plans for jazz musicians, to make sure they or their widows received the royalties owed them and for other related issues. Because of his work in television, film and on Broadway, Cranshaw was compensated financially in a way that many jazz musicians were not. He credited his involvement in the union as his way of trying to insure that his fellow jazz musicians receive the same treatment and financial compensation that he did because of his work in other genres and in other media.

Cranshaw died at the age of 83 on November 2, 2016 in Manhattan, New York from Stage IV cancer.[4]


As sideman

With Pepper Adams

  • Pepper Adams Plays the Compositions of Charlie Mingus (Workshop Jazz, 1964)

With Nat Adderley

  • Little Big Horn! (Riverside, 1963)
  • Sayin' Somethin' (Atlantic, 1966)

With Eric Alexander

  • Second Impression (HighNote, 2016)

With Mose Allison

  • Hello There, Universe (Atlantic, 1970)

With Gene Ammons

  • Gene Ammons and Friends at Montreux (Prestige, 1973)

With Kenny Barron

  • Sunset to Dawn (Muse, 1973)

With George Benson

  • Goodies (Verve, 1968)

With Walter Bishop Jr.

  • Cubicle (Muse, 1978)

With Paul Bley

  • BeBopBeBopBeBopBeBop (SteepleChase, 1990)

With Jaki Byard

  • Out Front! (Prestige, 1964)

With Donald Byrd

  • Up with Donald Byrd (Verve, 1964)
  • I'm Tryin' to Get Home (Blue Note, 1965)

With Johnny Coles

  • Little Johnny C (Blue Note, 1963)

With Hank Crawford

  • Wildflower (Kudu, 1973)

With Sonny Criss

  • Up, Up and Away (Prestige, 1967)
  • The Beat Goes On! (Prestige, 1968)
  • Rockin' in Rhythm (Prestige, 1969)

With Frank Foster

  • Manhattan Fever (Blue Note, 1968)

With George Freeman

  • Man & Woman (Groove Merchant, 1974)

With Dexter Gordon

  • Gettin' Around (Blue Note, 1965)
  • Clubhouse (Rec. 1965; Blue Note, 1979)
  • Blues à la Suisse (Prestige, 1973)

With Bunky Green

  • Visions (Vanguard, 1978)

With Grant Green

  • Idle Moments (Blue Note, 1963)
  • Matador (Blue Note, 1964)
  • Solid (Blue Note, 1964)

With Friedrich Gulda

  • Ineffable (Columbia, 1965)

With Slide Hampton

  • Explosion! The Sound of Slide Hampton (Atlantic, 1962)

With Barry Harris

  • Chasin' the Bird (Riverside, 1962)
  • Luminescence! (Prestige, 1967)

With Eddie Harris

  • Cool Sax from Hollywood to Broadway (Columbia, 1964)

With Hampton Hawes

  • Playin' in the Yard (Prestige, 1973)

With Coleman Hawkins

  • Sirius (Pablo, 1966 [1974])

With Jimmy Heath

  • The Gap Sealer (Cobblestone, 1972)
  • Love and Understanding (Muse, 1973)

With Joe Henderson

  • Inner Urge (Blue Note, 1964)

With Maurice Hines

  • To Nat "King" Cole with Love (Arbors, 2005)

With Johnny Hodges

With Bobby Hutcherson

  • The Kicker (Rec. 1963; Blue Note, 1999)
  • Happenings (Blue Note, 1966)

With Milt Jackson

  • Milt Jackson Quintet Live at the Village Gate (Riverside, 1963)
  • In a New Setting (Limelight, 1964)
  • Milt Jackson and the Hip String Quartet (Verve, 1968)

With Willis Jackson

  • West Africa (Muse, 1973)
  • Headed and Gutted (Muse, 1974)

With Antônio Carlos Jobim

  • Terra Brasilis (RCA Victor, 1980)

With J. J. Johnson

  • J.J.! (RCA Victor, 1964)

With Quincy Jones

  • Golden Boy (Mercury, 1964)
  • I/We Had a Ball (Limelight, 1965)

With Clifford Jordan

  • Soul Fountain (Vortex, 1966 [1970])

With Eric Kloss

  • We're Goin' Up (Prestige, 1967)
  • Sky Shadows (Prestige, 1968)

With Irene Kral

  • Better Than Anything (Äva, 1963)

With Yusef Lateef

  • The Blue Yusef Lateef (Atlantic, 1968)

With Mike Longo

  • Talk with the Spirits (Pablo, 1976)

With Johnny Lytle

  • The Village Caller! (Riverside, 1963)
  • The Loop (Tuba, 1965)
  • People & Love (Milestone, 1972)

With Junior Mance

  • Junior's Blues (Riverside, 1962)
  • That Lovin' Feelin' (Milestone, 1972)

With Jack McDuff

  • Magnetic Feel (Cadet, 1975)

With Jimmy McGriff

  • Stump Juice (Groove Merchant, 1975)
  • The Groover (JAM, 1982)

With Jackie McLean

  • Right Now! (Blue Note, 1965)

With Carmen McRae

  • Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics (Columbia, 1962)

With MJT + 3

  • Walter Perkins' MJT + 3 (Vee-Jay, 1959)
  • Make Everybody Happy (Vee-Jay, 1960)
  • MJT + 3 (Vee-Jay, 1960)
  • Message from Walton Steet (Rec. 1960; Koch Jazz, 2000)

With Hank Mobley

  • A Caddy for Daddy (Blue Note, 1966)
  • Hi Voltage (Blue Note, 1967)
  • Reach Out! (Blue Note, 1968)

With Grachan Moncur III

  • Evolution (Blue Note, 1963)

With Wes Montgomery

  • Movin' Wes (Verve, 1964)
  • Bumpin' (Verve, 1965)

With James Moody

  • Moody and the Brass Figures (Milestone, 1966)
  • Don't Look Away Now! (Prestige, 1969)

With Lee Morgan

  • Take Twelve (Jazzland, 1962)
  • The Sidewinder (Blue Note, 1964)
  • Delightfulee (Blue Note, 1966)
  • The Gigolo (Blue Note, 1966)

With Oliver Nelson

  • Oliver Nelson Plays Michelle (Impulse!, 1966)

With Duke Pearson

  • Hush! (JazzLine, 1962)
  • Wahoo! (Blue Note, 1965)
  • Honeybuns (Atlantic, 1965)
  • Prairie Dog (Atlantic, 1966)
  • Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band (Blue Note, 1967)
  • The Phantom (Blue Note, 1968)
  • Now Hear This (Blue Note, 1968)
  • How Insensitive (Blue Note, 1969)
  • It Could Only Happen with You (Blue Note, 1970)

With Houston Person

  • Chocomotive (Prestige, 1967)
  • Blue Odyssey (Prestige, 1968)

With Dave Pike

  • Jazz for the Jet Set (Atlantic, 1966)

With Sonny Red

  • Breezing (Jazzland, 1960)

With Max Roach

  • Max Roach + 4 on the Chicago Scene (EmArcy, 1958)

With Sonny Rollins

  • The Bridge (RCA, 1962)
  • What's New? (RCA Victor, 1962)
  • Our Man in Jazz (RCA Victor, 1962)
  • Sonny Meets Hawk! (RCA Victor, 1963)
  • Now's the Time! (RCA Victor, 1964)
  • The Standard Sonny Rollins (RCA Victor, 1965)
  • Next Album (Milestone, 1972)
  • Horn Culture (Milestone, 1973)
  • Sonny Rollins in Japan (Victor/JVC (J), 1973)
  • The Cutting Edge (Milestone, 1974)
  • Nucleus (Milestone, 1975)
  • No Problem (Milestone, 1981)
  • Reel Life (Milestone, 1982)
  • G-Man (Milestone, 1986)
  • Falling in Love with Jazz (Milestone, 1989)
  • Here's to the People (Milestone, 1991)
  • Old Flames (Milestone, 1993)
  • Sonny Rollins + 3 (Milestone, 1995)
  • Global Warming (Milestone, 1998)
  • This Is What I Do (Milestone, 2000)
  • Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert (Rec. 2001; Milestone 2005)
  • Sonny, Please (EmArcy, 2006)
  • Road Shows, Vol. 1 (Doxy, 2008)
  • Road Shows, Vol. 2 (Doxy/EmArcy, 2008)

With Lalo Schifrin

  • Once a Thief and Other Themes (Verve, 1965)

With Shirley Scott

  • Great Scott!! (Impulse!, 1959)
  • Blue Flames with Stanley Turrentine (Prestige, 1964)
  • Queen of the Organ (Impulse!, 1964)
  • Latin Shadows (Impulse!, 1965)
  • Soul Song (Atlantic, 1968)

With Wayne Shorter

  • Second Genesis (Vee-Jay, 1960)

With Horace Silver

  • The Cape Verdean Blues (Blue Note, 1965)
  • Serenade to a Soul Sister (Blue Note, 1968)
  • In Pursuit of the 27th Man (Blue Note, 1972)

With Paul Simon

  • There Goes Rhymin' Simon (Columbia, 1973)

With Billy Taylor

  • Impromptu (Mercury, 1962)

With Jimmy Smith

  • Hoochie Coochie Man (1966)

With Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer

  • Gingerbread Men (Mainstream, 1966)

With Bobby Timmons

  • Do You Know the Way? (Milestone, 1968)

With Stanley Turrentine

  • Hustlin' (Blue Note, 1964)
  • Joyride (Blue Note, 1965)
  • Rough 'n Tumble (Blue Note, 1966)
  • Easy Walker (Blue Note, 1966)
  • The Spoiler (Blue Note, 1966)
  • Always Something There (Blue Note, 1968)

With McCoy Tyner

  • Live at Newport (Impulse!, 1963)

With Harold Vick

  • Watch What Happens (RCA Victor, 1968)

With Cedar Walton

  • The Electric Boogaloo Song (Prestige, 1969)

With Joe Williams

  • At Newport '63 (RCA Victor, 1963)

With Mary Lou Williams

  • Zoning (Mary, 1974)

With Larry Willis

  • Just in Time (SteepleChase, 1989)

With Gerald Wilson

  • New York, New Sound (Mack Avenue, 2003)

With Jack Wilson

  • Easterly Winds (Blue Note, 1967)

With Reuben Wilson

  • The Cisco Kid (Groove Merchant, 1973)

With Kai Winding

  • The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones (Impulse!, 1960)
  • Dirty Dog (Verve, 1966)

With The Young Lions

  • The Young Lions (Vee-Jay, 1960)

With Joe Zawinul

  • Money in the Pocket (Atlantic, 1967)


  1. ^
  2. ^ Ney York Times
  3. ^ Allmusic
  4. ^ Gil Kaufman (November 3, 2016). "Jazz Bassist Bob Cranshaw Dies at 83". Billboard. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved November 3, 2016.

External links

  • DTM interview
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