Bob Crosby

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The Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Robert Crosby began his recording career as just plain Bob Crosby, playing tenor saxophone in various '60s progressive jazz projects of Stan Kenton such as…
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The Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Robert Crosby began his recording career as just plain Bob Crosby, playing tenor saxophone in various '60s progressive jazz projects of Stan Kenton such as the Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra. Perhaps the upgrade in first-name formality is an attempt to avoid confusion with bandleader and vocalist Bob Crosby, Bing Crosby's brother.

No listener with functioning ears would confuse the smooth music of either of the latter crooners with Kenton's rough jumble of unusual time signatures and impressionist harmony; as a Kenton alumni the reed player Crosby has continued to pursue advanced projects such as the L.A. Reed Machine in addition to the smooth jazz creations of bandleader and keyboardist Keiko Matsui. In the former group the playing of Crosby is set against a purely electronic background. Crosby also shows up on some pop products from the '70s, including a Seals & Crofts album.