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Theo Croker Drops New Track “Hero Stomp || A Future Past”

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Theo Croker

(July 15 – Toronto, ON) — Today, THEO CROKER, the GRAMMY-nominated trumpeter, composer, producer, and artist, returns with his first song since 2019’s critically acclaimed Star People Nation. “HERO STOMP || A FUTURE PAST” finds Theo manipulating a crackling horn as samples are interwoven through an intense live band take, eventually curling into a wave of 27 different horns. It’s one for the jazz purists, yet still shows why so many include him in the same breath as Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin, among others. He notes of the song:

“Our Hero is put forth by his tribe in a rite of passage to become the chosen one. In the ceremony he must prove his worthiness and earn the tribe’s blessings. He must raise his vibrations through an intense call and response, facing all fears and demons and transmuting/rebirthing into the Hero of our story.”

Theo Croker is a storyteller who speaks through his trumpet. A creative who refuses boundaries, the GRAMMY®️ Award-nominated artist, composer, producer, thought leader, and influencer projects his voice through the music. After seven years of sojourn in Shanghai, Croker crash-landed with a simmering original sound on the 2014 Dee Dee Bridgewater-assisted album Afro Physicist. Following the success of Escape Velocity in 2016, he ascended to a new stratosphere with Star People Nation in 2019. The record garnered a nomination in the category of “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” at the 62nd GRAMMY®️ Awards. It attracted widespread critical acclaim including Stereogum, Paste, and The New York Times who called it “an album that gallivants from swirling, left-field hip-hop beats to propellant swing to entrancing passages of African percussion. Through it all, Croker’s understated trumpet playing holds his small band together with swagger and poise.” Along the way, he also lent his sound to platinum-selling albums by everyone from J. Cole to Ari Lennox while touring his band across the globe many times over. In 2020, he hunkered down at his childhood home in the midst of the global pandemic and wrote his sixth full-length album, releasing fall 2021 [Sony Music Masterworks].

“Hero Stomp || A Future Past” artwork

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