Craig Street

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Craig Street, born in Oakland, California, is a noted record producer.

Street moved with his family to Los Angeles at the age of 11, but returned to the Bay Area for his high school years. He began playing guitar at age 14, and was in a number of Berkeley bands. In 1981 he interviewed Alan Douglas for an NPR documentary about Jimi Hendrix, which Street co-produced with then KPFA-FM 3rd World Director Bari Scott, and San Jose radio broadcaster Don West. He moved to New York in the 1980s, where he began producing records, starting with Blue Light 'til Dawn by jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson. Wilson had just signed with the Blue Note label. The album was Wilson's commercial breakthrough and Street went on to produce often successful records of mainly female singers.

Street has produced albums in a variety of genres, including pop, jazz, soul, and country. In a 1998 interview, he told the Los Angeles Times, "I know it sounds corny, but I never learned how to separate music, to make distinctions between genres."[1] His music production credits include Norah Jones, k.d. lang, Rebekka Bakken, Charlie Sexton, Meshell Ndegeocello, Joe Henry, John Legend, The Manhattan Transfer, Bettye LaVette, Chris Whitley, Geri Allen, Holly Cole, and others.

Come Away with Me, which he co-produced for Norah Jones, won a Grammy for album of the year in 2002.


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Date Artist Album title Label Notes
1993 Cassandra Wilson Blue Light 'til Dawn Blue Note
1995 Holly Cole Temptation Alert
1995 Cassandra Wilson New Moon Daughter Blue Note
1995 Javon Jackson For One Who Knows Blue Note
1996 Jimmy Scott Heaven Warner
1996 Javon Jackson A Look Within Blue Note
1997 k.d. lang Drag Warner
1997 Jeb Loy Nichols Lovers Knot Capitol
1997 Jeremy Toback Perfect Flux Thing RCA
1997 Chocolate Genius Black Music V2
1997 Chris Whitley Dirt Floor Messenger
1998 Geri Allen, Mark and Scott Batson as Triad Three Pianos for Jimi Douglas Co-prod. by Alan Douglas
1998 Dougie Bowne One Way Elevator DIW
1999 Javon Jackson Pleasant Valley Blue Note
1999 Shelby Starner From in the Shadows Warner
1999 Me'Shell NdegéOcello Bitter Maverick
2000 Susana Baca Eco de Sombras Luaka Bop
2000 The Manhattan Transfer The Spirit of St. Louis Atlantic
2000 Chris Whitley Feat. Billy Martin and Chris Wood Perfect Day Valley Entertainment
2000 Supergenerous (Cyro Baptista and Kevin Breit) Supergenerous Blue Note
2001 David Linx L'instant d'aprés Polygram
2001 Jubilant Sykes Wait for Me Sony Classical
2001 Joe Henry Scar Mammoth
2002 Dirty Dozen Brass Band Medicated Magic Ropeadope
2002 The Derek Trucks Band Joyful Noise Columbia
2002 Norah Jones Come Away with Me Blue Note
2002 Susana Baca Espíritu vivo Luaka Bop
2002 Molly Johnson Another Day Marquis
2003 Boyd Tinsley True Reflections RCA
2004 Gipsy Kings Roots Nonesuch
2004 Dirty Dozen Brass Band Funeral for a Friend Ropeadope
2005 Chocolate Genius, Inc. Black Yankee Rock Commotion
2005 Lizz Wright Dreaming Wide Awake Verve Forecast
2006 Susana Baca Travesías Luaka Bop
2006 John Legend Once Again G.O.O.D. Music
2008 Lizz Wright The Orchard Verve Forecast
2009 Brandi Shearer Love Don't Make You Juliet Vinyl Tiger
2009 Rebekka Bakken Morning Hours EmArcy
2010 Madeleine Peyroux Standing on the Rooftop Decca
2011 Alyssa Graham The Lock, Stock, and Soul Sunnyside
2012 Bettye LaVette Thankful n' Thoughtful Anti-
2012 Amy Cook Summer Skin Thirty Tigers

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  1. ^ "Off the Beaten Tracks," by Lloyd Sachs, Los Angeles Times, May 17, 1998