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Talen spanning generations

March 12, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

FREDERICK, Md. - A melodious mix of shared blood and talent promises an unforgettable concert this weekend when a rock 'n' roll legend takes the stage in Frederick with his son and an acclaimed guitarist.

David Crosby featuring CPR will perform at the Weinberg Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 12. Crosby - a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee whose five decades of music has helped define a generation - in 1997 launched CPR with his son, composer and keyboardist James Raymond, and guitarist Jeff Pevar.

Band members "bring grace and elegance to contemporary harmonies that echo the best jazz and rock roots," according to a band profile on the David Crosby featuring CPR Web site at www.crosbycpr.com.

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Crosby, who started his musical career in Los Angeles during the folk music revival of the early 1960s, was a founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & (sometimes) Young. The singer-songwriter and self-proclaimed "luckiest man in the world" survived a liver transplant, a drug habit and injuries from a serious motorcycle accident, to continue creating music.

Although Crosby was arrested on marijuana and gun-possession charges on Saturday, March 6, in New York, he was released on bail. A representative of the Weinberg said Friday's show will go on.

Crosby was reunited with his biological son, James Raymond, in 1995.

The duo found a common bond in music, Raymond, 41, of Los Angeles, said during a phone interview. He and Crosby share the same affinity for complex chords and harmonies and music with a jazz element. The musicians' voices also are similar, Raymond said.

"When we sing together, people sometimes say it sounds like one voice," he said.

Raymond, who has been playing piano since age 8, recently finished recording a new album with Crosby and Graham Nash. He also is producing for several young rock artists, and playing jazz music with the James Raymond Quartet, he said. Raymond has composed music for television and film, and toured with such recording artists as Take 6, Tom Scott, Everette Harp, Oleta Adams, Kirk Whalum and the Spice Girls. He was musical director for Nickelodeon's "Roundhouse" TV series.

Crosby, Raymond and Pevar first performed together as CPR seven years ago.

"It's amazing," Raymond said. "Sometimes when I look across stage, I can't believe I'm playing music with David Crosby and that he's my father. We have so much fun."

Raymond said he, Crosby and Pevar enjoy a strong chemistry on stage, complementing each other with styles that are both unique to each musician and fundamentally similar with regards to complexity.

"When we play, there's just a great energy," said Raymond, who praised Pevar's guitar playing. A vocalist and guitarist, Pevar's sound has been described as a blend of rhythm and blues, jazz and rock. He has played in bands behind such great musicians as Ray Charles, James Taylor, Rickie Lee Jones, Joe Cocker, Shawn Colvin, B.B. King and Carly Simon, and he has performed on "The Tonight Show," "Saturday Night Live" and CNN.

Weinberg audience members can expect a blend of old and new tunes at the Crosby and CPR concert, Raymond said. The band will play songs from CPR's two studio albums, some newer songs and favorites from Crosby's long career.

To learn more about the collaboration among Crosby, Raymond and Pevar, go to www.crosbycpr.com on the Web.

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