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Bob Baldwin: Henna

Read "Henna" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Pianist Bob Baldwin grew up with music in his bones. His father Robert Baldwin, Sr., (1926-2008) was also a jazz pianist who worked with bass legends Keter Betts and Art Davis. His cousin, Larry Willis, also a legendary jazz pianist, is known for his association with Blood, Sweat and Tears/Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache Band. With older men in his family influencing a young Baldwin, the osmosis of their influence was inevitable--Baldwin would also become a leading figure on piano. ...

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Bob Baldwin: Betcha By Golly Wow - The Music of Thom Bell

Read "Bob Baldwin: Betcha By Golly Wow - The Music of Thom Bell" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Bob BaldwinBetcha By Golly Wow: The Songs Of Thom BelleOne2012New urban jazz keyboardist Bob Baldwin disdains the “smooth jazz" moniker, but that doesn't necessarily mean he isn't familiar with the conventions of the genre. He's got ideas that don't have a thing to do with cranking out infinite versions of the same old sound with a few new riffs. Baldwin is a bit more ambitious than that and with Betcha By Golly ...

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Bob Baldwin: Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson

Read "Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

The connection between Michael Jackson and jazz seems tentative to non-existent until it's factored in he reached his greatest heights as an artist when collaborating with producer/arranger extraordinaire Quincy Jones. The unlikely pairing of Jackson and Jones brought out a degree of professionalism, maturity and poise in the late King of Pop that did not fully emerge when he was the precocious young boy performing with his brothers in the Jackson Five. Had the Jackson Five worked with Jones, Jackson ...

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Bob Baldwin: NewUrbanJazz.com

Read "NewUrbanJazz.com" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

NewUrbanJazz.com isn't just a clever album title, it's a web address and marketing tool where keyboardist Bob Baldwin streams jazz online for listeners looking for their contemporary jazz fix. Baldwin's site joins other Internet sites and satellite radio as replacements for terrestrial radio stations in San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia and other cities that have abandoned the smooth jazz format.As the smooth jazz format seems to be reliant on 20-year-old Sade songs and waiting for the next Kenny ...

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Bob Baldwin: Brazil Chill

Read "Brazil Chill" reviewed by Brian Soergel

The music of Brazil has always tempted smooth jazz musicians. It can be sexy, dreamy, rhythmic, soulful, sexy and even more sexy. Pianist Bob Baldwin traveled to steamy Rio de Janeiro to record Brazil Chill, which is all smooth jazz and shouldn’t be confused with “chill music.”

It’s in Brazil that Baldwin recruited some of the country’s best players, including the great saxophonist Leo Gandleman, guitarist Torcquato Mariano, percussionist Café and others. Baldwin is alternately jazzy and smoothy. The beauty ...

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Bob Baldwin: BobBaldwin.com

Read "BobBaldwin.com" reviewed by Dion Polk

Personell: Chuck Loeb (guitar), Tom Browne (trumpet), Marion Meadows (sax), Gerald Albright (sax), Will Downing (vocals), Dennis Johnson (drums) and others.Review: Trying to establish self, Bob Baldwin is one that time has tested. Having worked with artists the likes of Roberta Flack, Grover Washington, Jr., Will Downing and Joe Sample, time and experience offer the firm foundation on which Bob now stands. Ripped off or disrespected even after the writing of music for the ‘96 Olympics in his ...


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