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Bob Baldwin – Presents Abbey Road And The Beatles

Calling keyboardist Bob Baldwin an active musician borders on simple understatement. He celebrated his twentieth album in 2013 and this year he has already released two albums.

At regular intervals he releases albums in which he thematises certain musicians or groups. On his Tribute to Michael Jackson “Never Can Say Goodbye” (2010) he performed popular songs of the king of Pop. On Betcha By Golly Wow – The Songs By Thom Bell (2012) he encompasses the Philly Sound. On Mellowonder – Songs in The Key Of Stevie (2015) he interpreted songs by Motown hero Stevie Wonder.

This year Bob Baldwin focuses with Bob Baldwin Presents Abbey Road And The Beatles on songs of the Fab Four. By the way his 25th album. Bob plays on this album piano, keyboards, vocals, Vocoder, bass, drums, melodica. On selected tracks he is joined by Dennis Johnson (percussion/atmosphere), Tony Lewis (drums), Dave Anderson (bass), Café’ Da Silva (percussion), CeCe Peniston, Lori Williams (lead vocals), Euge Groove (sax), and Ragan Whiteside (flute).

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Bob Baldwin – Welcome To The Games (Remixed Version)

His internet-only release City Sketches – a disc privately released commemorating the 1996 Olympics – is a musical portrait of the city of Atlanta celebrating the city’s unique history. Violinist Regina Carter so loved “Downtown Underground” that she in turn recorded it on her CD, Something for Grace. Baldwin performed for the athletes at Atlanta’s Olympic Games and shared the stage with Roy Ayers and Chuck Loeb at the Club Benson and Hedges Music Festival. Then in 2000, he traveled to South Africa with Marion Meadows for a historical concert.

Welcome To The Games (Remixed Version) is an Atlanta-based homegrown remix of a project Bob Baldwin did years ago in 1996, and it is Funky! This album contains three new tracks and with 3 bonus tracks “For My Baby”, “Thought It Was You”, and “Funkin’ For Jamaica” (instrumental), all partially recorded in the late 1990’s.

You get this album exclusively on Bob’s website.

Bob Baldwin – Bob Baldwin Presents Abbey Road and The Beatles

Bob Baldwin was a kid listening to pop radio in the outskirts of New York City when he fell in love with the melodies of the Beatles. For his 25th album, the pianist-keyboardist embarks upon a magical mystery tour through the hit-filled pages of the legendary group’s storied songbook, plying his trademark urban-jazz sheen to the iconic harmonies. The Red River Entertainment release that dropped last Friday (November 30), Bob Baldwin presents Abbey Road and the Beatles was produced and arranged by Baldwin who wrote an original song in tribute to the band, “Abbey Road,” along with composing new passages that add unique elements to the eleven reimagined Beatles classics.

Having issued albums that honor the landmark works of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Thom Bell, Baldwin set his sights on the Fab Four’s influential catalogue that first captured his interest decades ago.

“My childhood listening tendencies before I was ten-years-old were quite broad, including Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis, the music of Motown and Aretha Franklin. On the pop side, the catchy hooks of the Beatles crept into my ear from days of listening to pop radio. For this project, I wanted to interject my own reharmonized view of the Beatles music while keeping the original melodies pure. Doing the Beatles was a different twist for me,” said Baldwin, who plays piano, keyboards, bass, drums, melodica, vocoder and plies his soothing tenor voice to the session. “It would be cool to know if Sir Paul McCartney could hear it, and more importantly, if he digs the attempt.” Continue reading

Bob Baldwin – Music with a Message

Pianist/Arranger Bob Baldwin delivers timely music in the spirit of the classic “What’s Goin’ On” vibe as some tracks speak to the current conditions of the US and the world. The sampler features the powerful vocals of Lori Williams on the heart-wrenching “Where’s That Smile” and the popular Pandora recurrent smash “Stand Tall”, now edited for radio, a heartfelt composition penned following the historic 9/11 tragedy.
Music with a Message is his brand-new album, now available on Amazon.com.

Bob Baldwin – The Gift of Christmas

14947413_1049456588486721_5514232106515465841_nBob Baldwin is an International Jazz artist, having recorded on 4 different continents since the beginning of his recording career (1988). He has 8 top-10 Billboard Jazz discs since 2000. In 2015, his tribute to Stevie Wonder (“MelloWonder/Songs in the Key of Stevie), broke top through the top-10 Billboard Jazz Charts, his 12th Top-20 disc. In 1988, Roberta Flack selected him as the Sony Innovators Award winner in a highly publicized new-artist-signing contest. He was then walked into music mogul Sylvia Rhone’s office and signed his first deal with Atlantic Jazz. He’s worked with such Jazz and Pop stars like George Benson, Grover Washington, Jr. (RIP), Will Downing, Marion Meadows, Pieces of a Dream, Kirk Whalum, Phil Perry, Chuck Loeb and Chieli Minucci, to name a select few.

His newest project is The Gift of Christmas. This album features on selected tracks Lee Mendelson, Corvina Nielsen, and Ragan Whiteside. The album is on sale at Amazon.com.

Bob Baldwin – The Brazilian-American Soundtrack

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Bob Baldwin assembled a Latin-American team of musicians to create the ultimate soundtrack for Olympic 2016 in Rio.

Team players are Café Da Silva, Armando Marcal and Rafael Pereira (percussion), Torcuato Mariano, Marlon McClain and Phil Hamilton (guitars), Gabriel Mark Hasselbach (trumpet), Marion Meadows and Freddy V (sax), Ragan Whiteside (flute), James “Crab” Robinson, Porter Carroll II, Gigi, Zoiea Ohizep (vocals). Baldwin is singing lead and background as well as playing piano, Rhodes, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, Moog bass, Melodica, strings and clave on the album.

The double album encompasses the recordings of two hemispheres, Movement I Rio-Ipanema and Movement II New York. Every CD is created in separate cultural circles with very own musicians.

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Bob Baldwin – The Brazilian-American Soundtrack

TheBASAs the eyes of the world focus on Rio de Janeiro this summer, Red River Entertainment released a generous 26-song double disc of authentic Brazilian jazz rhythms and distinctly American R&B grooves on Friday from keyboardist Bob Baldwin entitled The Brazilian-American Soundtrack. The Grammy-nominated artist had a hand in writing twenty tunes for the collection that he produced in two movements, Movement I: Rio-Ipanema and Movement II: New York, that were recorded in Rio, New York City and Atlanta over a three-year period. The first single that will be serviced to radio stations for airplay is the pulsating club music meets sultry Latin music blend “Ipanema Fusion.”

The Brazilian-American Soundtrack is Baldwin’s second foray into Brazil expanding on the territory he mined on his 2004 album, “Brazil Chill.” This time out, he purposely incorporated more American nuances into the mix. Supplementing his own compositions, he elected to honor a few of the iconic artists who influenced his artistic muse including Antonio Carlos Jobim (“Corcovado”), Ivan Lins (“Anjo De Mim,” “The Island” and “Love Dance”) and Djavan (“Eu Te Devoro”). Another formative inspiration was Maurice White, the late Earth, Wind & Fire creator and leader who Baldwin remembers with a heartfelt spoken word tribute that closes the album, “The Message,” and on two musical numbers, “Maurice (The Sound Of His Voice)” and “The Greatest Lover,” the latter of which was recorded in the spirit of White’s hall of fame band. Meticulously produced, performed, composed and arranged, most of the tracks on The Brazilian-American Soundtrack are tightly segued, maintaining a smooth flow and graceful transition from cut to cut through more than two hours of music.

Baldwin’s winning team that bolsters his pliable piano gymnastics and effervescent keyboard finesse on The Brazilian-American Soundtrack consists of an international ensemble that includes noted Brazilian and Latin players Café Da Silva (percussion), Torcuato Mariano (guitar), Rafael Pereira (percussion) and Armando Marcal (percussion). Canadian trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, veteran saxophonists Marion Meadows and Freddy V, and emerging flutist Ragan Whiteside add soulful horn solos while guitarists Marlon McClain and Phil Hamilton contribute compelling runs throughout the date that showcases a handful of charismatic vocalists: James “Crab” Robinson, Porter Carroll II, Gigi, Zoiea Ohizep as well as Baldwin himself. In fact, Baldwin demonstrates remarkable dexterity by singing lead and background as well as playing piano, Rhodes, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, Moog bass, Melodica, strings and clave on the album. Continue reading

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