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Robert Baird Apr 22, 2014 1 comments
WANTED: Jazz Hero. Must be willing and able to bring stunning new creative energies to a musical genre in danger of becoming stale and repetitive. Must be comfortable with a Marsalis level of celebrity. Saxophone or trumpet players preferred. Old men need not apply.

In 2011, jazz prayers were answered with the release of When the Heart Emerges Glistening, a brilliantly inventive mainstream jazz album led by Ambrose Akinmusire, a photogenic, 28-year-old trumpeter from Oakland, California. The young man had lots of fresh ideas, speed and dexterity to burn, and a unique tone, the combination of which brought back a flood of memories: Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Pops.

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Robert Baird Apr 18, 2014 3 comments
A month ago, flying to South By Southwest 2014, the numbers on paper were grim.
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Robert Baird Apr 14, 2014 6 comments
On Saturday, April 12, John Atkinson and I fought our way through toll plazas, endless New Jersey traffic (is there any other kind?) and one really annoying traffic jam (but hey, it was only one!)
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Robert Baird Apr 11, 2014 0 comments
In the tornado of music and gear better known as, let’s say, audiophilisma, there are a lot of guilty pleasures.
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Robert Baird Apr 11, 2014 4 comments
It’s a very scary and weird commentary on the state of the music business, that posthumous albums have now become a booming category.
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Robert Baird Apr 11, 2014 9 comments
The vinyl reissue wave gets smarter by the day...
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Robert Baird Apr 04, 2014 0 comments
Once there was a band of brothers from East Los Angeles...
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Robert Baird Mar 12, 2014 21 comments
"I’m not an audiophile but I’m very geeky about other things."
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Robert Baird Mar 10, 2014 10 comments
I know this will come as a huge shock to music fans the world over
Robert Baird Mar 05, 2014 2 comments
As songwriters go, Guy Clark has been touched by the muse more than most. Unfortunately, in recent years he's also been visited by illness and heartache. In June 2012, his wife of 40 years, Susanna Clark, who was both a songwriter ("Easy from Now On") and an artist (the cover of Willie Nelson's Stardust), died in Nashville. In the past several years Clark, 72, has battled lymphoma, had his knees replaced, and undergone an arterial replacement in one leg. He was being treated for skin cancer when I visited his home, south of Nashville, in October 2013.
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