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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

Bob Baldwin – Twenty

TwentyThe battle of musicians for a recording contract to market their music is normal nowadays. In the case of Bob Baldwin the constant change of labels is already part of his musical experience. After all, it has left such an impression that he expressis verbis published his problems in the liner notes.

Against all odds Bob has managed to release his twentieth album on his own label, which significantly is entitled Twenty. Produced and arranged by Bob Baldwin and in parts by Dennis Johnson the album features several guest musicians mentioned below.

The album starts with Welcome To Planet Funky Onion. This track sounds inspired by Bob’s earlier piece Welcome To The Games, one of my favorites. Seabreeze comes like a gentle wind, the harmonies caress the ear. Gabriel Hasselbach contributes with his gentle trumpet sounds to the overall smooth impression.

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Bob Baldwin – Twenty

TwentyFor jazz cats, “milestone” is a significant word. Literally, it means 1) a stone marker set up on a roadside to indicate the distance in miles from a given point or 2) an important event as in a person’s career. In jazz, achieving a milestone means facing hazards even more hardcore, including long hours/short money, no medical benefits, insurance or 401K, being overshadowed by pop, roughshod relationships, daunting legacies to live up to, and the ever-dreaded “jazz police” (translation: identical). Milestone is the name of a great jazz record label.

And the plural form, “Milestones,” means “Miles Davis composition that is the very definition of Jazz.” Source: The Tony Williams Dictionary of Music.

Bob Baldwin – keyboardist/composer/arranger/leader/sideman/author (and sometimes singer and engineer) – has arrived at an applaud-able milestone with Twenty, his 20th project since starting out on his musical journey in 1988 with the prophetically titled I’ve Got a Long Way to Go. Brother Baldwin has been fighting the good fight to build a faithful audience by steadily coming out of a versatile bag…but not without taking his share of industry lumps.

In 1989, he reached one early milestone landing at New York giant Atlantic Records when it launched its “Atlantic Jazz” division (on which he thrived with label mates ranging from Ahmad Jamal to Bobby Lyle), only to see it close as a sign-of-the-times casualty. Of several other companies for which he has recorded, one filed for bankruptcy while many more simply went out of business. An executive at yet another company was arrested as the ringleader of a ponzi scheme. Bob’s luck is badder’n Teddy Pendergrass’ AND Brother Eddie Harris’ put together!

Fortunately, Bob is a survivor and his stamina marks him as “no ways tired,” as evidenced by these 13 tracks of Twenty. (Liner notes by A. Scott Galloway).

Early bird fans – Twenty is out now exclusively on Bob’s site…only $9.99 mp3 (320 kpbs hi-res) download. Hear Sound clips….scroll down when you get to the page. First disc mailing July 23.

Bob Baldwin – Betcha By Golly Wow – The Songs of Thom Bell

When jazz artists cover pop or R&B tunes, there is a risk – especially if covers represent an entire album. However, when the songs aren’t the typical hits that have been covered many times already, the results can be fresh and invigorating. Enter producer Bob Baldwin’s Betcha By Golly Wow – The Songs of Thom Bell (Peak/eOne, 2012).

This set of 10 R&B/soul hits from the “classic sound of Philadelphia” includes songs that were recorded by such acts as the Spinners, Delfonics and Stylistics. Though more than 35 years old, Bell’s songs still get plenty of airplay on oldies programs as well as some mainstream pop and R&B channels. To present them here, Baldwin calls on several of today’s popular smooth jazz artists.

Guitarist Paul Brown, aided by flutist Ragan Whiteside, injects some wah-wah effects for the playful presentation of “Rubberband Man.” Vivian Green does a charming rendition of “La La Means I Love You.”

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Bob Baldwin – Betcha By Golly Wow: The Songs Of Thom Bell

Grammy nominee and a bona fide hero of New Urban Jazz, keyboardist and arranger Bob Baldwin makes his debut on Peak/eOne with an all-killer, no-filler collection of classic tunes penned by Philadelphia soul immortal Thom Bell. This set hits the sweet spot from the first track and does n’ t miss for a single minute of the entire program.

An all-star cast puts the project over the top, a real who’s who of contemporary jazz and smooth R&B. It includes: Will Downing, Vivian Green, Gerald Albright, Marion Meadows, Russ Freeman of The Rippingtons, Paul Taylor, Paul Brown.
To top it all off, the legend himself, Thom Bell, has written a brand new song especially for this tribute, Gonna Be Much Sweeter. And Bob Baldwin proves one more time that it does n’ t get any sweeter than his brand of soul and jazz.

Betcha By Golly Wow: The Songs Of Thom Bell now available at Amazon.com.