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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 09, 2016 1 comments
Perhaps there’s a little nostalgia talking here...
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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 08, 2016 3 comments
One of the few '70s funk/soul holy grails that’s actually worth digging for.
Robert Baird Posted: Nov 15, 2016 4 comments
John McEuen: Made in Brooklyn
Chesky JD388 (CD). 2016. John McEuen, David Chesky, prods.; Norman Chesky, exec. prod.; Nicholas Prout, Mor Mezrich, Max Steen, engs. DDD? TT: 65:03
Performance ****
Sonics ****½

The invite from David Chesky was simple enough: "Hey Robert, John McEuen, David Bromberg and a lot of other people are going to make a record in this abandoned church that a friend of mine owns in Brooklyn, you wanna come by?" Knowing the resourcefulness, not to mention good ears, of David and Norman Chesky, owners of Chesky Records, I soon arrived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to find Stereophile contributing editor Herb Reichert munching on cookies and listening through headphones to what was going into the computer. Ahh, that freelancer lifestyle.

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Robert Baird Posted: Nov 04, 2016 9 comments
That scraping noise you hear is coming from the bottom of the barrel.
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Robert Baird Posted: Oct 21, 2016 2 comments
If there ever was a sure-enough soul man, it was the Big O.
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Robert Baird Posted: Oct 14, 2016 1 comments
Or perhaps a duo effort by Chilton and storied Memphis producer Jim Dickinson?
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Robert Baird Posted: Oct 14, 2016 0 comments
Electronics is electronics, love them or hate them, your choice.
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Robert Baird Posted: Oct 02, 2016 9 comments
To my ears, the masterpieces of the solo careers are obvious.
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Robert Baird Posted: Sep 22, 2016 2 comments
The problem for true believers is that there’s never been a proper Beatles live album.
Robert Baird Posted: Sep 22, 2016 1 comments
Nels Cline: Lovers
Nels Cline, electric & acoustic guitars, lap steel, effects; Charles Pillow, C & alto & bass flutes, oboe, English horn, B-flat clarinet, alto saxophone; Steven Bernstein, Taylor Haskins, others, trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone; Julian Lage, guitar; Yuka C. Honda, celeste, Juno 60; Devin Hoff, contrabass, bass guitar; Alex Cline, drums, percussion; Kenny Wolleson, vibraphone, marimba, percussion; Michael Leonhart, arr., conductor; many others.
Blue Note 8002505102 (2 CDs). 2016. David Breskin, prod.; Ron Saint Germain, eng. DDD? TT: 90:02
Performance ****½
Sonics ****½

There's an old saying about music written for films and the stage: It's so lush and tuneful that it's almost too schmaltzy to be heard without accompanying visuals. Add to that the suspicion that many so-called "out" jazz cats—guys with outsize reputations as loud, atonal shredders of the brainiac variety, blinding talents who prefer endless effects and generally play unhinged and far away from the melody—are really, under all the noise, big softies. There you have the story of Lovers.