The American Spirit

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Considering how much popular smooth jazz artists love to play on each other's projects, and especially for a good cause -- in this case, the victims' assistance program Safe Horizon -- it's surprising that it took its musical community almost a year to emerge with its first tribute to America post 9/11. Bob Baldwin is hardly a household name in the genre, but he's been faithfully cranking out some of its funkiest keyboard projects over the past decade. Even if he's a little too synth-and-drum-machine reliant, this is still a fun project which captures the joyful spirit of America in the wake of a troubled time. He bookends the set with two classics on which he plays all...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Considering how much popular smooth jazz artists love to play on each other's projects, and especially for a good cause -- in this case, the victims' assistance program Safe Horizon -- it's surprising that it took its musical community almost a year to emerge with its first tribute to America post 9/11. Bob Baldwin is hardly a household name in the genre, but he's been faithfully cranking out some of its funkiest keyboard projects over the past decade. Even if he's a little too synth-and-drum-machine reliant, this is still a fun project which captures the joyful spirit of America in the wake of a troubled time. He bookends the set with two classics on which he plays all the instruments. His lively "God Bless America" offers the Jeff Lorber/ Fender Rhodes retro-keyboard approach, while "God Bless the USA" features the same in a more restrained setting. The overall success of the project is due to his collaborations with saxophonist Kim Waters. There's an easy funk reading of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," the original, gospel-flavored "Lift Every Voice/Count The Ways," Marion Meadows on the shuffling original "Let's Roll!" and Dean James -- who did a few solid genre albums in the mid-'90s -- on the joyful anthem "Color Blind." Phil Perry's powerful falsetto is utilized to powerful emotional effect on "My Country Tis of Thee," but the staid arrangement throughout most of "Shower the People" doesn't give him room to strut his stuff; the best part of this tune is Chuck Loeb's crisp soloing throughout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351509123
  • Catalog Number: 5091

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 God Bless America (4:56)
  2. 2 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Kim Waters (5:36)
  3. 3 My Country Tis of Thee - Marion Meadows (3:58)
  4. 4 Shower the People - Chuck Loeb (5:33)
  5. 5 America the Beautiful - Chieli Minucci (2:36)
  6. 6 Follow Your Dream - Vanessa Thomas (5:14)
  7. 7 Lift Every Voice/Count the Ways - Kim Waters (5:45)
  8. 8 Color Blind (5:35)
  9. 9 Let's Roll! - Marion Meadows (5:18)
  10. 10 The Star Spangled Banner - Chieli Minucci (4:55)
  11. 11 God Bless the USA (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Baldwin Primary Artist, Bass, Percussion, Strings, Drums, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Marion Meadows Saxophone
Kim Waters Saxophone
Vaneese Thomas Vocals
Chuck Loeb Guitar
Chieli Minucci Guitar
Emedin Rivera Percussion
Joel Rosenblatt Drums
Buddy Williams Cymbals, Drums
Dean James Saxophone
Vanessa Thomas Track Performer
Ragan Whiteside Flute
Technical Credits
Bob Baldwin Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
John Stafford Smith Composer
Jack Hovey Graphic Design
Francis Scott Key Composer
Danny Weiss Executive Producer
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