Jason Crosby is a musician's musician. His perfect pitch was discovered when he picked up his first violin at 2 years old. Immersing himself in classical music, he became a professional piano player at a young age, and would go on to learn guitar, viola, French horn, and trumpet, touring with the Long Island Youth Orchestra to China, Russia, Australia, and Cuba.
He soon expanded his musical horizons from Classical to Jazz, Funk, Rock, and Latin, before becoming a fixture in the Jam Band scene playing with Susan Tedeschi Band and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, then later The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, and the Meters. Over the past few years, he has toured with Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Pete Seeger, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Dave Matthews, and Jackie Greene, in addition to sharing the stage with BB King and the Rolling Stones. Along with his impressive touring resume, Jason has played on over 40 recorded albums.
When Crosby met Blue Rose Music founder Joe Poletto, it felt like a sign from the universe that the time had arrived to take the plunge and record this long-awaited album. Crosby headed into the studio with producer/engineer Karl Derfler (Tom Waits, Dave Matthews) for two whirlwind sessions, each capturing a different side of his musical personality. The first, conducted in the spring of 2016, featured Crosby playing roughly a dozen different instruments, deliberately crafting each song from the ground up by himself with an ambient, compellingly visual quality. The second session, a more raw and reckless affair that went down just a few months later, tapped into the wild and collaborative spirit of rock and roll that’s always flowed through Crosby’s veins, as he captured a new batch of songs (co-written with Tim Bluhm) live in the studio with Golden State stalwarts The Mother Hips as his backing band.
Richly cinematic and enchantingly playful, Cryptologic reveals Crosby to be not only an unparalleled instrumentalist, but also a supremely talented songwriter.