Tico Rico

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Tico Rico
Studio album by Hank Crawford
Released 1977 (1977)
Genre Funk, jazz
Label Kudu

Tico Rico is a 1977 jazz/funk album recorded by saxophonist Hank Crawford and produced by Creed Taylor on the Kudu Records label. The music featured CTI recording artists including Eric Gale, Steve Gadd, Jon Faddis and Randy Brecker. It appeared at number 31 on Billboard Magazine's Best Selling Jazz LPs on October 8, 1977 [1] and peaked at number 28.

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music". Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".

Hank Crawford American saxophonist (1934-2009)

Bennie Ross "Hank" Crawford, Jr. was an American R&B, hard bop, jazz-funk, soul jazz alto saxophonist, arranger and songwriter. Crawford was musical director for Ray Charles before embarking on a solo career releasing many well-regarded albums on Atlantic, CTI and Milestone.

Creed Taylor American record producer

Creed Taylor is an American record producer, best known for his work with CTI Records, which he founded in 1968. His career also included periods at Bethlehem Records, ABC-Paramount, Verve, and A&M Records. In the 1960s, he signed bossa nova artists from Brazil to record in the US, such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Eumir Deodato, João and Astrud Gilberto, among others.


Track list

  1. "Tico Rico" (David Matthews) – 4:50
  2. "Teach Me Tonight" (De Paul, Cahn) – 4:18.
  3. "Lady Soul" (Matthews) – 4:45
  4. "Lullaby Of Love" (Floyd, Williams) – 4:46
  5. "I've Just Seen A Face" (Lennon, McCartney) – 6:30
  6. "Lament" (Matthews) – 5:06
  7. "Funky Rooster" (Matthews) – 5:54


Steve Gadd American drummer

Stephen Kendall Gadd is an American drummer, percussionist, and session musician. Gadd is one of the most well-known and highly regarded session and studio drummers in the industry, recognized by his induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1984. Gadd's performance on Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", "Late In The Evening" and Steely Dan's "Aja" are examples of his style. He has worked with popular musicians from many genres including Simon & Garfunkel, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Kate Bush, Joe Cocker, Grover Washington Jr., Chick Corea, Lee Ritenour, Paul Desmond, Chet Baker and Al Di Meola.

Jeremy Steig was an American jazz flutist.

Eric Gale American musician

Eric J. Gale was an American jazz and session guitarist.

Additional musicians

Alan Shulman was an American composer and cellist. He wrote a considerable amount of symphonic music, chamber music, and jazz music. Trumpeter Eddie Bailey said, "Alan had the greatest ear of any musician I ever came across. He had better than perfect pitch. I've simply never met anyone like him." Some of his more well known works include his 1940 Neo-Classical Theme and Variations for Viola and Piano and his A Laurentian Overture, which was premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 1952 under the baton of Guido Cantelli. Also of note is his 1948 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra which was also premiered by the New York Philharmonic with cellist Leonard Rose and conductor Dmitri Mitropoulos. Many of Shulman's works have been recorded, and the violinist Jascha Heifetz and jazz clarinetist Artie Shaw have been particular exponents of his work both in performance and on recordings.

Emanuel Vardi, an Israeli-American violist, was considered to have been one of the great viola players of the 20th century.

Max Pollikoff was an American classical music violinist who created the Music in Our Time Series at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. The Series commissioned and premiered hundreds of new works. In 1923, when Pollikoff was 19, he made his first appearance in New York, playing at the Aeolian Hall. He won critical praise as "a violinist of considerable interest and promise." He played works by Bach, Bruch, Sarasate, Chopin and his own Legende. In 1972 the American Music Center awarded his a Letter of Distinction.

Technical personnel

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  1. "Best Selling Jazz LPs". Billboard Magazine. 89 (40): 94. October 8, 1977.