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NewUrbanJazz.com

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by Bob Baldwin
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2008
Label:
Nu Groove Records
UPC:
0893422002017
catalogNumber:
2001
Rank:
87463

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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
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
Dennis Johnson   Audio Production

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NewUrbanJazz.com 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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