Robert Baird

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Robert Baird Posted: Sep 19, 2012 5 comments
First, let’s talk about that voice.
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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 16, 2011 0 comments
Usually, when friends become book authors, you tend to fawn a little too much over their golden meanderings. In my case, the opposite unwittingly happened when I tacked a short mention onto a recent Aural Robert that did not begin to do justice to Stereophile Contributing Editor Robert Levine’s Weep, Shudder, Die, A Guide To Loving Opera (It!/Harper Collins, 2011)
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Robert Baird Posted: Sep 11, 2006 1 comments
For as long as I live, like it or not, I'll remember 10:28 am 9/11/06 like it was yesterday. I remember the roar and the sight of the giant radio antenna on the last of two towers standing disappearing into the massive clouds of gray smoke. I remember the emergency room personnel at St. Vincent's out in the street waiting for survivors that never came and the clouds of gritty smoke and 8 x 11 sheets of paper blowing up the streets of Brooklyn. And then I remember the jumpers, those who'd rather jump than burn.
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Robert Baird Posted: Oct 21, 2014 1 comments
I know folks, dedicated jazz fans no less, who cannot be dragged into piano and bass duo gigs. Something about not having a drummer spells boredom for them. Not enough going on I guess. Or more likely, there isn't a horn at work. While jazz virtuosity is most often thought of in terms of the more ostentatious sounds of saxophones and trumpets, and the most common perception of jazz groups is quartets or quintets, it's the duo format, at its most pure piano and bass, that has always inspired a special vocabulary and sonic signature. Just a pair of instrumental voices and musical visions engenders the kind of special chemistry and quiet connections that can be heard on the new Kenny Barron and Dave Holland project, the appropriately named The Art of Conversation.
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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 30, 2006 0 comments
Except for Al Sharpton's shameless hogging of the spotlight, James Brown's funeral was quite a production. Televised live on NY1 (New York One), the local cable news channel, this extravaganza was held in the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia.
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Robert Baird Posted: May 02, 2014 3 comments
Although they were released twenty years ago, they are four albums possessed of a timeless beauty
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Robert Baird Posted: Jun 20, 2006 2 comments
Overheard (coming out of mine and other nearby mouths) at a tavern in Brooklyn:
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Robert Baird Posted: Jan 30, 2015 5 comments
There’s a recent recording project that I have to say exemplifies that hard as it is to believe, there are still human hearts beating in the biz.
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Robert Baird Posted: Jun 15, 2006 3 comments
It's always bugged me. And now I have just the blog to spew about it in.
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Robert Baird Posted: Jun 16, 2014 5 comments
Vaya con Dios Jimmy Scott!
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Robert Baird Posted: Nov 29, 2007 3 comments
"For decades the pursuit of high–-quality sound on high-end systems drove the recording industry, especially the classical music branch."
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Robert Baird Posted: Sep 20, 2006 2 comments
Earlier this week I was invited to Per Se, a sleek restaurant in the Time Warner Center here in NYC for a lavish lunch sponsored by Concord Records. Co-owner Norman Lear was there. So was former SNL and now Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer who served as MC. The occasion was the release of another Ray Charles project which I will be writing about in more detail in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Titled Ray Swings—Basie Swings, it's an elaborate studio creation. Again though, Look for more in December's Stereophile.
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Robert Baird Posted: May 25, 2006 1 comments
Call me an elitist but I fail to see the attraction—for viewers—in the whole American Idol phenomena. Of course, television has made millions from televising talent shows over the years so I guess it's just me that's out of step.
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Robert Baird Posted: Jun 06, 2006 4 comments
Much as I hate to admit it, the experience of going into a record store, particularly a big glorious mom and pop indie store, is fast becoming a thing of the past.
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Robert Baird Posted: Mar 23, 2015 3 comments

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