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Croz is Crosby's first studio album in more than 20 years, a collection of 11 new tracks from the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on Blue Castle records, the label he cofounded with Graham Nash in 2011. Crosby, James Raymond (David's son), and Daniel Garcia produced Croz; and, Crosby and Raymond also co-wrote a number of the songs together. In addition to Crosby's band, the album features guest players including Wynton Marsalis ("Holding On To Nothing"), Mark Knopfler ("What's Broken"), Leland Sklar ("Find A Heart") and Steve Tavaglione ("Morning Falling," "Find A Heart").
David Crosby is a two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, inducted as a member of both the iconic folk-rock band The Byrds — with whom he first rose to stardom — and the iconic Woodstock era-defining group Crosby, Stills & Nash. He is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
"I wanted to challenge myself," Crosby told Rolling Stone, about the making of Croz. "Most guys my age would have done a covers record or duets on old material. ... I'm making it for me. I have this stuff that I need to get off my chest."
Work on Croz, which was recorded at Jackson Browne's Groove Masters studio in Santa Monica, California and James Raymond's home studio, began about two years ago. Croz, says Rolling Stone, is "a mellow, moody record unlike anything else in Crosby's vast catalog, and many songs were written while Crosby was touring with Crosby, Stills and Nash. "Writing, man, you take it when you can get it," Crosby says. "A snatch of words will come, a piece of melody, you hang onto it and work away at it."
Throughout Croz, Crosby explores a diverse set of subjects. "Morning Falling" is about America's drone strike policies, while "If She Called" — a stark track featuring nothing but soft electric guitar and Crosby's voice — was inspired by a group of young prostitutes that he saw near his hotel in Belgium.
Crosby formed The Byrds in L.A. in '63 with Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke, winning widespread recognition for his songwriting and charismatic presence. Driven by hits including "Eight Miles High," "Turn! Turn! Turn!," and a cover of Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," The Byrds' signature electric folk-rock influenced countless musicians to come.
Crosby left The Byrds in 1967 to embark on a lifelong collaboration with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills. Renowned for vocal harmonies, stellar musicianship and timeless songs, Crosby, Stills, & Nash (CSN) have been called "the voice of a generation," and were Grammy-honored in 1969 as Best New Artist. The trio's self-titled debut album introduced classics including the Crosby-penned tracks "Guinnevere" and "Wooden Ships" - today, it is included on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
As a solo artist, Crosby debuted with the 1971 masterpiece If Only I Could Remember My Name. He also performs and records with CPR, the jazz-flavored trio he formed in 1995 with his son James Raymond and Jeff Pevar. Crosby's last release was 2004's Crosby-Nash, a 2CD set with Graham Nash, their first as a duo since 1976's Whistling Down The Wire. Their debut LP together, '72's Crosby & Nash — featuring "Southbound Train" and "Immigration Man" — is regarded as one of the best side projects from the CSN&Y realm.
|1. What's Broken|
|2. Time I Have|
|3. Holding On To Nothing|
|4. The Clearing|
|6. Slice Of Time|
|7. Set That Baggage Down|
|8. If She Called|
|9. Dangerous Night|
|10. Morning Falling|
|11. Find A Heart|