Bob Cranshaw

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Bob Cranshaw
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Bob Cranshaw in 1976
Background information
Birth nameMelbourne Robert Cranshaw
Born(1932-12-03)December 3, 1932
Chicago, Illinois, US
DiedNovember 2, 2016(2016-11-02) (aged 83)
Manhattan, New York, US
Instrument(s)Double bass, electric bass

Melbourne Robert Cranshaw[1] (December 3, 1932 – November 2, 2016)[2] was an American jazz bassist. His career spanned the heyday of Blue Note Records to his recent involvement with the Musicians Union. He is perhaps best known for his long association with Sonny Rollins.[3] Cranshaw performed in Rollins's working band on and off for over five decades, starting with a live appearance at the 1959 Playboy jazz festival in Chicago and on record with the 1962 album The Bridge.[4]

Cranshaw died at the age of 83 on November 2, 2016, in Manhattan, New York, from Stage IV cancer.[5]


As sideman[edit]

With Pepper Adams

With Nat Adderley

With Eric Alexander

With Mose Allison

With Gene Ammons

With Carole Bayer Sager

With Kenny Barron

With George Benson

With Walter Bishop Jr.

With Paul Bley

With Jonathan Butler

  • Introducing Jonathan Butler (Jive, 1985)

With Jaki Byard

With Donald Byrd

With Betty Carter

With Johnny Coles

With Judy Collins

With Hank Crawford

With Sonny Criss

With Frank Foster

With George Freeman

With Debbie Gibson

With Dexter Gordon

With Bunky Green

With Grant Green

With Friedrich Gulda

  • Ineffable (Columbia, 1965)

With Slide Hampton

With Barry Harris

With Eddie Harris

With Hampton Hawes

With Coleman Hawkins

With Jimmy Heath

With Joe Henderson

With Maurice Hines

  • To Nat "King" Cole with Love (Arbors, 2005)

With Johnny Hodges

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Milt Jackson

With Willis Jackson

With Antônio Carlos Jobim

With J. J. Johnson

With Quincy Jones

With Clifford Jordan

With Eddie Kendricks

  • Vintage '78 (Arista, 1978)

With Eric Kloss

With Irene Kral

With Yusef Lateef

With Mike Longo

With Johnny Lytle

With Junior Mance

With Barry Manilow

With Jack McDuff

With Jimmy McGriff

With Jackie McLean

With Carmen McRae

With MJT + 3

  • Walter Perkins' MJT + 3 (Vee-Jay, 1959)
  • Make Everybody Happy (Vee-Jay, 1960)
  • MJT + 3 (Vee-Jay, 1960)
  • Message from Walton Street (Rec. 1960; Koch Jazz, 2000)

With Hank Mobley

With Grachan Moncur III

With Wes Montgomery

With James Moody

With Lee Morgan

With Oliver Nelson

With Duke Pearson

With Houston Person

With Esther Phillips

  • Esther Phillips Sings (Atlantic, 1966)

With Dave Pike

With Sonny Red

With Leon Redbone

With Irene Reid

  • Room for One More (Verve, 1965)

With Max Roach

With Sonny Rollins

With Charlie Rouse

With Lalo Schifrin

With Shirley Scott

With Wayne Shorter

With Horace Silver

With Paul Simon

With Jimmy Smith

With Rod Stewart

With Billy Taylor

With Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer

With Bobby Timmons

With Stanley Turrentine

With McCoy Tyner

With Harold Vick

  • Watch What Happens (RCA Victor, 1968)

With Loudon Wainwright III

With Cedar Walton

With Cris Williamson

  • Cris Williamson (Ampex Records, 1971)

With Joe Williams

With Mary Lou Williams

With Victoria Williams

  • Happy Come Home (Geffen, 1987)

With Larry Willis

With Gerald Wilson

With Jack Wilson

With Reuben Wilson

With Kai Winding

With The Young Lions

With Joe Zawinul


  1. ^ "Cranshaw, Bob - LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies | Library of Congress". Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  2. ^ Chinen, Nate (November 10, 2016). "Bob Cranshaw, Bassist From Jazz to Pop to Broadway, Dies at 83". The New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  3. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 577. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  4. ^ "The Bridge - Sonny Rollins, Sonny Rollins Quartet | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  5. ^ Gil Kaufman (November 3, 2016). "Jazz Bassist Bob Cranshaw Dies at 83". Billboard. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved November 3, 2016.

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