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Robert Baird Posted: Jun 26, 2015 4 comments
Perhaps the greatest strength left in the music business these days, and the major labels in particular, is their catalogs of recordings and on the reissue side of the business, no one has been better at exploiting a catalog and actually creating new releases of older unreleased music than Sony Legacy.
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Robert Baird Posted: Jun 19, 2015 1 comments
His screams, rapid fire delivery, and end-of-line trills in tracks like “Lucille,” “Jenny Jenny” and of course, “Tutti Frutti,” every one recorded with an overloaded microphone, are impassioned in the extreme.
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Robert Baird Posted: Jun 19, 2015 4 comments
Being a Scene means that people will come no matter who or what is onstage, just to be a part of the…Scene.
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Robert Baird Posted: Jun 12, 2015 1 comments
Robert Baird Posted: May 21, 2015 Published: Jun 01, 2015 0 comments
José James: Yesterday I Had the Blues, The Music of Billie Holiday
Blue Note B002283102 (CD). 2015. Yoshihisa Saito, exec. prod.; Don Was, prod.; Chris Allen, eng., mix. DDD? TT: 49:33
Performance ****
Sonics *****

Unlike the conundrum of today's country music, whose lyrics celebrate family and tradition even as the country-music community ignores and disrespects the giants of the music's past, jazz and rock have for the most part remembered and celebrated their musical pioneers and game changers, and the singular, monumental virtuosity of artists like Billie Holiday.

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Robert Baird Posted: May 29, 2015 0 comments
Perhaps the best attribute that older soul cats bring to a project like this is their knowledge of repertoire.
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Robert Baird Posted: May 22, 2015 1 comments
A fan of music and those who make it, he was one of the last labels heads to actually listen to music and care about musicians.
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Robert Baird Posted: May 15, 2015 6 comments
His long, single note leads gave new meaning to the word “stinging,”
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Robert Baird Posted: May 09, 2015 0 comments
What keeps Waterfall, the band’s seventh album and the first in four years, from sinking into a kind of earnest, overly precious, 1970s lite rock muck is that James’s many influences are a mist and not a downpour.
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Robert Baird Posted: May 01, 2015 5 comments
While the mass ogling was in full swing and the sickly sweet aroma of jittery, prepubescent testosterone hung heavy in the classroom, I was equally interested in Miss Wagner’s musical selections.

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