Soul Fantasy

Sunday, January 30, 2011

David Nelson Crawford

David Nelson Crawford (Flutist, Arranger, Composer, Producer) was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Centennial High School in Compton, California David received a full scholarship to California Institute of the Arts and received a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music with a Flute Major. He began his professional career as an orchestrator/Arranger for such artist as Friends of Distinction, Blue Magic, Sylvers, Patti Labelle, Freda Payne, Phyllis Hyman, Confunkshun, Gladys Knight, Mary J. Blige, The Whispers, Shalamar, Rene & Angela, Bobby Womack and many others just to name a few.
However his collaboration with the family band called Woods Empire was one of the best works he has ever done. He was producer on the album and he co-wrote an amazing song entitled "Universal Love". This song was included on the album in 1981 on Tabu Records. Also it was released as a single on the same label. 

This amazing song was written by Tommy Woods, David N.Crawford and Robert Russell.

I want to mention that as a flutist his professional career includes commercial recordings (Ahmad Jamal, Temptations & Vesta), TV commercials and Live performances with Stevie Wonder and Isaac Hayes. He has performed with the Santa Monica & Burbank Symphony Orchestras as well.
In 2007 he released a CD called "Shangri-La" on Jazzer Inc.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full.
# Today all the fans of soul music know this song and the album by Woods Empire. However how many people have seen this song released as a single ?


oldschoolbass said...

Awesome - Love the Bass!

oldschoolbass said...

This is a great track - great bass line. Features studio legends Clarence McDonald and Ed Greene (piano, drums respectively) and session bassist Robert Russell.