Robert Baird

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Robert Baird Posted: Jan 23, 2015 2 comments
After the death of the label’s biggest star Otis Redding in December 1967 (damn those small planes!)...
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Robert Baird Posted: Jan 23, 2015 0 comments
And so what really were the great Stax/Volt albums after 1968?
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Robert Baird Posted: Jan 23, 2015 3 comments
The whole idea of jazz “singles” seems a little absurd.
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Robert Baird Posted: Jan 02, 2015 0 comments
It’s the day after the office Christmas party and yet Bloodshot Records founder Rob Miller gamely agreed to have a chat.

“Our party’s been at the same Mexican restaurant for the past 19 years and I have an incredible superstition that if the bar tab is not bigger than the food tab then we’ve had a bad year.”

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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 19, 2014 3 comments
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 12, 2014 7 comments
Clearly, the concept of overexposure never enters Dave Grohl's mind.
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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 05, 2014 4 comments
“Jessica,” played by sideman Led Dudek, has launched a thousand air guitar solos.
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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: Nov 21, 2014 4 comments
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Robert Baird Posted: Nov 14, 2014 6 comments
This is not nostalgia. Far from it. The man still has much to say. His gifts have grown richer. And the devil is a waitin’
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Robert Baird Posted: Oct 24, 2014 1 comments
Musicians whose careers were derailed by personal demons is a very old tale. Write about music and after a couple decades they all begin to have a similar ring: someone got addicted to something and began blowing off gigs, trashing friendships, and generally lying to themselves and everyone close to them. It usually doesn’t end well. And after they’re gone, “far too soon” (to use the usual bromide), everyone thinks about their own issues while tsk tsk’ing about what could have been done and how awash in self-loathing and focused on ending it all the deceased had eventually become.

Every once in awhile an old friend on this path turns it around and I’m very happy to say that my old friend from Tucson singer/songwriter Billy Sedlmayr has done just that. . .

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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: Oct 19, 2014 1 comments
The story is familiar. The British Invasion caused a deadly tsunami in the American music scene. Established stars, from Elvis to John Lee Hooker to Tony Bennett, saw their careers swept away in a matter of months in 1964. Few groups were impacted quite like the Beach Boys, whose resident genius, Brian Wilson, went into an emotional tailspin trying to compete with the Beatles . . .
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Robert Baird Posted: Oct 10, 2014 4 comments
Streaming has taken over the world. Not so fast, at least to Sony’s way of thinking.
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Robert Baird Posted: Sep 26, 2014 4 comments
I blame Asia, Gogmagog, and Bad English because let’s face it Cream and Derek & the Dominos made fantastic music and weren’t around long enough to annoy anybody.

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