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by Craig T Cooper

A Romantic, Sexy, Funky, Smooth Ride to a love affair that will last over an HourGlass.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Thought Away
4:54 $0.99
2. Intervene
5:08 $0.99
3. Adorable
7:33 $0.99
4. Butterflies
5:21 $0.99
5. Sugar, Sugar
5:34 $0.99
6. My Body's Callin'
4:48 $0.99
7. Candlelight
5:15 $0.99
8. Hour Glass Figure
4:18 $0.99
9. My Angel Is You
5:07 $0.99
10. Kinki, But A Gentleman
5:17 $0.99
11. When Two Rivers Meet
6:21 $0.99
12. Dinner For Two
5:31 $0.99
13. The Mardi Gra
4:32 $0.99
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Craig T. Cooper
“The Reds” is the only suitable phrase for the smooth, sensuous style of guitar playing that Craig T. Cooper has mastered. Not all blues, not all jazz, Craig T. is the “The Uncola of Jazz” and just plain “Funky-Sexy” Craig T. Cooper is a recording artist, producer, songwriter, arranger, M.D., sound engineer, programmer, mix and re-mix master, owner of CRAIGLAND Studios, LA and an all around damn good musician. His credits are endless and his experience is invaluable. So let’s start at the beginning….Who is Craig T. Cooper?

Craig T. Cooper, the youngest of seven children, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. As a young child he exhibited signs of immense musical talent. His musical talents first became apparent at the tender age of four. Soon after he began cello lessons, he hoped to follow in his brother Ron’s footsteps, who is a world-renowned cellist. Craig’s thirst for music was unquenchable and he progressed from cello to the trumpet, drums, and piano and finally guitar – his instrument of choice. Not only did he have a unique aptitude for the guitar it didn’t take long for him to establish his own identity as a studio musician and soloist. Combined with his creative flair and electronic background, Craig became a force to be reckoned with early in his music career.

1984 marked the beginning of his rise to prominence as a studio musician. His first big break with El DeBarge subsequently led to non-stop studio work. He honed his craft and refined his style as he worked with such musical luminaries as; Anita Baker, Bob Dylan, Barry Manilow, The Boys, Rochelle Ferrell, The O’Jays, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Lalah Hathaway, Klymaxx, LeVert, The Jacksons, The Crusaders, and Tone Loc. To diversify, he worked on numerous movie soundtracks and his own ‘pet projects’. On occasion Craig T. also hit the road and toured with the likes of Cheryl Lynn, Billy Preston, Ronnie Laws and many others.

Subsequent to his touring, Craig T. was signed to Valley Vue Records in 1989, which spawned four critically acclaimed albums: “CRAIG T. COOPER PROJECT” (1989), “GOT THAT THANG” (1990), “DARKM’N” (1991) and “GREATEST HITS” (1994). His collaboration with singer/songwriter Denise Stewart would lead to the Standard “Quality Time” from the “GOT THAT THANG” album. Craig T. wrote and produced the material, he also played all the instruments as well as programmed, mixed and re-mixed the albums. These unique abilities lead to engineering and mixing other records. Many artists, to name a few, would contribute their talents to his original projects over the years such as Joe Sample, Bobby Lyle, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, the Jazz Crusaders, Gerald Albright, Gerald LeVert, and the most unusual being a harmonica solo featuring Mykelti Williamson of “Forrest Gump” , “Waiting to Exhale” and “Ali”.

His success on Valley Vue Records inspired SIN-DROME records to sign him in 1995. Craig completed two wonderful releases from the label; the first being “TOUCH-TONE” (1995), which features his label-mates Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder of the Jazz Crusaders on the hit single “Can I Still Play With The Band?”. And the second named “ROMANTIC LETTER” (1996) featuring cover tunes such as “Sensitivity” (penned by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) and “Never Too Much” (written by The Late Great" Luther Vandross) reaped some very positive responses from the Masters themselves! In fact they were totally knocked out by Craig’s unusually bold treatment to their hits.”CAUGHT UP IN A MOMENT” (2001) featuring Gerald Levert with a cover of the hit “Pop, Pop Goes My Mind” which CTC did the original production. Also on the CD features Gerald Albright and Kevin Toney just to name a few.

So what has this impresario been up to lately? Well to say the least, He’s scoring the upcoming film “FOOTCOPS” and featured on the Multi-platinum LSG release “ShakeDown”. and Hidden Beach recording artist Unwrapped. Currently he’s back in the studio with Living Legend Saxophonist Ronnie Laws. Craig T. just finished his 8th album “HOUR GLASS” featuring Ronnie Laws, Kevin Toney, Val Watson (Club Neuvou) and others. Craig T. was on tour with Euge Groove and Kevin Toney. His long time friendship and musical association with Gerald LeVert has landed him a platinum record for the hit single “Baby You Are” which he co-wrote and produced for Gerald. He is also touring as M.D. with the world-renowned Loose Ends and the hot selling jazz saxophonist Jimmy Sommers and also performed on the legendary saxophonist Tom Scott. Whew! Did I get it all? I’m sure I left something out but if you want to get some serious sounds first hand, contact Craig T. on his web-site……
WWW.CRAIGTCOOPER.COM or WWW.NUTBUTTON.COM or E-mail CRAIGTCOOPER@MSN.COM and take a look/listen/chat for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!!!
A few of Craig T. Cooper’s Credits are listed below:

Film and television:

LSG, George Benson, Gerald Levert, Quincy Jones, Sounds of Blackness, Gerald Albright, Joe Sample, Anita Baker, Barry Manilow, El DeBarge, BeBe Winans, The O’Jays, Aaron Neville, Lalah Hathaway, Bob Dylan, Tracey Spencer, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Paul Jackson, Jr., Tisha Campbell, Johnny Kemp, Donald Byrd, Queen Pen, Dionne Warwicke, Rochelle Ferrell, Bobby Lyle, Everett Harp, Bobby Caldwell, The Crusaders, Kashif, Doc Powell, Shanice, Tom Scott, Club Nouveau, Irene Cara, Gap Band (Charlie Wilson), Jimmy Sommers, Cris Brotti, Kevin Toney, Larry Carlton, Poncho Sanchez, Herbert Laws, Roy Ayers, LeVert, Tiffany, Keith Sweat, Johnny Gil, George Clinton, Carl Anderson, Seals & Croft, Peter White, Howard Hewitt, Tina Marie, Rick James, Laura Branigan, DeBarge, Christopher Williams, The Temptations, Shalamar, Cheryl Lynn, Klymaxx, Chico DeBarge, Missy Elliott, Cherelle, R.Kelly, The Boys, Miki Howard, EnVouge, Phil Perry, The Four Tops, Bobby Womack, Ronnie Laws, Debra Laws, Lakeside, Sly Stone, Billy Preston, Jimmy Smith, Tierra, P-Funk All Stars, Rick Braun, Okay that's all I can think of.



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A masterpiece ! Smooth & mellow ! I'm ready to purchase Craig T Cooper's next release !


This cd is another craig t classic!
This is a very smooth and funky cd! I can't wait for the next one!

hour glass

quality time
very good


The hourglass CD By Craig T.Cooper
The hourglass CD By Craig T.Cooper is real good. It has alittle fussion jazz to it. Some of the song are very romantic.

Warren E. Frazier

Great CD, A Must Purchase
The hourglass CD By Craig T. is a continuation of the great music that Mr Cooper has recorded. The CD has nice mellow tune's in addition to some nice upbeat grooving jazz cut's. You should also check out some of Craigs previously released CD'S. I have them all and listen to them on a frequent basis. 1. A Romantic Letter, 2. Darkman, 3. Touch Tone 4. Got That Thang just to name a few. I am sure you will enjoy the Hourglass CD