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Davell Crawford

Davell Crawford

Davell Crawford was steeped in the New Orleans rhythm and blues tradition. It’s in his blood as a singer and keyboardist and has been the heart of his recordings until the latest project. The grandson of 1950s R&B star James “Sugar Boy” Crawford, the man who gave us “Jock-a-Mo”-the Mardi Gras anthem better known today as “Iko Iko”- Davell says it was time for a change. “I never wanted to do the New Orleans music forever,” he says. “I had to work, and playing it opened a lot of doors for me in Europe. I worked a helluva lot. But it is a lot of energy to scream at the top of your lungs and sing rhythm and blues night after night after night. I was looking for something mellower to do.”

Crawford has followed his 1995 Rounder debut Let Them Talk and 1997’s The B-3 and Me with Love like Yours and Mine on Rounder’s Bullseye Blues & Jazz imprint. Though his R&B roots and deep gospel feel remain in the picture, it presents Crawford the jazz ballad singer and player.

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