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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Well-traveled keyboardist Bob Baldwin has been on way too many major and indie labels since his stirringly funky, gospel-influenced 1990 Atlantic debut, Rejoice, a harsh indication that great talent and brilliant output in the smooth jazz world is no protection from corporate realities. Always thinking ahead, Baldwin boldly asserted the power of Internet marketing when he called his 2000 release BobBaldwin.com -- and he gets back to that concept while ostensibly creating a new subgenre of smooth jazz by calling his spirited, melodic, slightly old-school, coolly funky 2008 disc NewUrbanJazz.com. It's somewhat amusing reading his liner notes that proclaim that title as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Well-traveled keyboardist Bob Baldwin has been on way too many major and indie labels since his stirringly funky, gospel-influenced 1990 Atlantic debut, Rejoice, a harsh indication that great talent and brilliant output in the smooth jazz world is no protection from corporate realities. Always thinking ahead, Baldwin boldly asserted the power of Internet marketing when he called his 2000 release BobBaldwin.com -- and he gets back to that concept while ostensibly creating a new subgenre of smooth jazz by calling his spirited, melodic, slightly old-school, coolly funky 2008 disc NewUrbanJazz.com. It's somewhat amusing reading his liner notes that proclaim that title as something new, when it's been clear that smooth jazz has been heavily urbanized incorporating vast contemporary and retro R&B sensibilities since at least the mid-'90s. So it's a simple difference in semantics, really. The good news is that Baldwin puts his money where his mouth is, keeping that old-meets-new vibe going on easy groovers like "Jeep Jazz" a very poppy cut featuring singer Zoiea, "Third Wind" with Baldwin capturing the Norman Brown vocal scat vibe over segments of his happy sunlit piano chordings, and the seductive, laid-back "Take My Hand." Baldwin never forgets that the word "jazz" is in the title, too, infusing catchy, melodic uptempo gems like the brass-tinged "Too Late" with bursts of bright improvisations. No less than Quincy Jones gave a thumbs up to one of the disc's most unique tracks, the smokin' and heavy-groovin' old-school jam tribute "Joe Zawinul" though the constant repetition of the legend's name is slightly unnecessary -- the vibe is enough!. Another striking feature of Baldwin's "new" sound is his collective approach that includes key contributions by familiar and new names on the urban music landscape. So while there are names that every smooth jazz fan knows Najee, Marion Meadows, Phil Perry and a few famous soul singers Freddie Jackson, Jocelyn Brown, the keyboardist also introduces listeners to versatile newcomers like Frank McComb and rapper Della Croche. Baldwin's front- and back-end bumpers explaining the concept of "New Urban Jazz" are unnecessary in light of the soulful energy that happens throughout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Nu Groove Records
  • UPC: 893422002017
  • Catalog Number: 2001
  • Sales rank: 63,892

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jeep Jazz - Zoiea (4:41)
  2. 2 Third Wind (5:14)
  3. 3 My Cherie Amour - Najee (5:26)
  4. 4 Somebody Else's Guy - Jocelyn Brown (4:42)
  5. 5 Take My Hand (4:22)
  6. 6 Seems Like One of Those Daze - Tyrone Iris (4:09)
  7. 7 She's All That! - Marion Meadows (5:07)
  8. 8 Too Late - Phil Perry (6:09)
  9. 9 All Nite - Joey Sommerville (4:14)
  10. 10 It Is What It Is (5:07)
  11. 11 Natural Thing (3:49)
  12. 12 Flying High - Frank McComb (5:36)
  13. 13 Joe Zawinul - Ike Stubblefield (4:14)
  14. 14 Don't Keep Me Waiting - ASoulBorn (5:12)
  15. 15 New Urban Jazz - Della Croche (4:47)
  16. 16 What Is New Urban Jazz? (0:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Baldwin Primary Artist, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, fender rhodes
Marion Meadows Saxophone
Najee Saxophone
Jocelyn Brown Vocals
Tony Clarke Tambourine, Shaker
Frank McComb Synthesizer, Background Vocals, scat, Soloist
Ike Stubblefield Organ
Gordon Vernick Trumpet
Deji Coker Tenor Saxophone
Adam Mewherter Trombone
Chuck Bithorn Percussion
Joey Sommerville Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Zoiea Ohizep Background Vocals
Ragan Whiteside Flute, Vocals, Background Vocals
Toni Redd Vocals, Background Vocals
Tyrone Iris Vocals
Della Croche Rap
Deji Coker Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Bithorn Percussion
Annette E. Brown Background Vocals
Dennis Johnson Drums
Technical Credits
Bob Baldwin Arranger, Composer, Audio Production
Marion Meadows Composer
David Chackler Executive Producer
Frank McComb Composer, Engineer
Ike Stubblefield Composer, Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Stevie Wonder Composer
Roy Matthews Engineer
Joey Sommerville Composer
Zoiea Ohizep Composer
Caryl Lucas Publicity, Fashion Advisor
Ragan Whiteside Composer
Tyrone Iris Composer
Della Croche Composer
Jimmy Salamone Remastering
Dennis Johnson Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Sounds like a backward way of saying that this is one of the most refreshing Jazz Sounds I've heard in several years. Not only has Bob Baldwin made what was slowly becoming a standard style of jazz i.e. Smooth Jazz new again, he has made the complete mixture of styles, Bop, Fusion, Smooth and Cool along with the usage of Hip Hop and Rap fun and enjoyable. Never in my entire life have I listened to a whole disc and not had a single bad track but this one did it for me. He has made me want to go out and attempt to try every style he used on this disc and see if it can be improved upon. If he can influence other young and some of the out heads to use this style in their future endeavors we will see a revival of the Jazz Music art form as never before, not since the 60s and the 70s. All I can say about this disc is "carry on Mr. Baldwin, carry on". You are now the new standard barer for the Jazz Artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Baldwin has a hot one!!

    Ladies and Gents, got all of B's records, even the 12-inches!! This one typifies the vision of Baldwin. As Contemporary Jazz stations drop like flies, Baldwin has the insight to see that the fusion of Contemporary and Urban Music has to be taken to another level. This record is straight thorough, start to finish...If you like bass, turn it up!! I give this one the highest grade possible...Thanks, Bob Baldwin

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