Robert Baird

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Robert Baird Posted: Feb 17, 2017 7 comments
Does having commercial leanings make you a traitor to the purity of your art? Can you make money in music and still have integrity? These eternal questions came to mind upon the death of singer Al Jarreau. Often savaged by critics and fans for his success, Jarreau cut his own path and by the time he died, at the age of 76, of respiratory failure on Sunday, February 12, he'd had more than a few last laughs on his detractors.
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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 10, 2015 4 comments
For many years the centerpiece around which much of New Orleans music revolved, he was the last in a long line of New Orleans piano professors.
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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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Robert Baird Posted: Jun 14, 2006 3 comments
In the world of dino rock, several really interesting tidbits today. For some unknown reason (I'm betting the right blend of meds), Brian Wilson did not push Mike Love off the roof of the Capitol Tower in L.A. when the three surviving Beach Boys met up there on Monday to get a framed metal-coated record signifying that their latest greatest hits compilation had turned the sales odometer over to 2x platinum.
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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 05, 2014 0 comments
Let someone else mind your credit cards and PayPal password whilst you browse.
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Robert Baird Posted: Aug 06, 2010 0 comments
Why Not? One more shot of our favorite Muswell Hillbilly
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Robert Baird Posted: May 11, 2010 0 comments
Sometimes wandering the streets of New York I hear whining about how “far from nature’ someone is; or how there’s too much concrete; or how the exhaust–filled air is hurting their lungs. Well, boo hoo. If it’s purple mountains majesties you seek, NYC ain’t the place. You come here for the human culture not the natural beauty—although now that I think of it, there are other, very compelling forms of natural beauty in NYC, if you catch my drift, wink, wink, nod, nod, say no more, but I digress.
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Robert Baird Posted: Feb 20, 2017 0 comments
On Moon Saloon, Rhode Island's Arc Iris, led by singer Jocie Adams, has discarded any traces of the Americana that was present on the band’s self-titled debut. The sheer amount of textures present on Moon Saloon is wonderful, an attribute abetted by an atmospheric digital recording and a decent LP pressing.

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