Archive for July 15th, 2010

Bob Baldwin – Never Can Say Goodbye

Bob Baldwin is one of the top five keyboardists of smooth jazz. In my review of Newurbanjazz.com I sketched up his long way to success. Summarized: A strong light casts a deep shadow. But Bob always looks straight forward to the summit.

Logically he focused now on the music of Michael Jackson. The story of Michael Jackson is told and the best way to remember his work is to create a cover album of his greatest hits.

Pianist Bob Baldwin is joined on some of the tracks by Ron Jenkins (bass), and Buddy Williams (drums). The list of guest-musicians encompasses Ragan Whiteside (flute), Steve Oliver (guitar), Armando Marcal (percussion, vocals), Joey Summerville (trumpet), Chieli Minucci (guitars), Tony Clarke (percussion), Chuck Loeb (guitar) and Dennis Johnson (drums, percussion).

Michael released Bad in 1987 selling over 30 millions copies worldwide. Bob Baldwin’s rendition is a exquisite grafting of the melody with a jazzy approach. Icing of the cake is Ragan Whiteside’s flute solo.

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