Earl Neal Creque (April 13, 1940 – December 1, 2000)[1] was an American organist and jazz composer, born in the Virgin Islands; he was based in the Cleveland area, was a professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and played frequently around northern Ohio up until his death.[2]

He also composed music with Mongo Santamaría including the Grammy Award-nominated song "Sofrito" which was sampled by Jennifer Lopez on the album J.Lo. Neal also wrote and played on, Grant Green's "Windjammer."

He was a sought after session musician and his credits include Stanley Turrentine, Teresa Brewer, Leon Thomas, Harold Ousley, Bernard Purdie, and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson.

Neal released three solo albums, the first being Creque, in 1972, followed by Contrast! and Neal Creque and the Hands of Time, both in 1974.

He died of kidney cancer in Olmsted Falls at the age of 60.[3]

His daughter Nina Creque was part of Gerald Levert's group 1 of the Girls. She died of an undisclosed illness in 2019. [4]


As leaderEdit

  • 1972: Creque (Cobblestone); re-released in 1981 as Black Velvet Rose (Muse)
  • 1972: Contrast! (Cobblestone)
  • 1974: Neal Creque & the Hands of Time (Muse)

As sidemanEdit

With Grant Green

With Eric Kloss

  • Doors (Cobblestone, 1972)

With Johnny Lytle

With Harold Ousley

  • The Kid! (Cobblestone, 1972)
  • The People's Groove (Muse, 1977)

Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers

  • Shuckin' And Jivin' (Prestige, 1967)
  • Big Stick (Prestige, 1967)
  • Heat! (Prestige, 1968)
  • Dateline (Prestige, 1969)

With Bernard Purdie

With Mongo Santamaria

  • Mongo '70 (Atlantic, 1970)
  • Mongo's Way (Atlantic, 1971)

With Melvin Sparks

  • Sparkling (Muse, 1981)

With Leon Thomas

With Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson


  1. ^ "Radio Swiss Jazz - Music database - Musician". Radioswissjazz.ch. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  2. ^ Biography AllMusic
  3. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/artist/neal-creque-mn0000319557/biography
  4. ^ Niesel, Jeff. "R&B Singer Nina Creque To Be Honored With Several Local Memorial Services". Cleveland Scene.

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