Robert Baird

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Robert Baird  |  Sep 19, 2012  |  5 comments
First, let’s talk about that voice.
Robert Baird  |  Dec 16, 2011  |  0 comments
Usually, when friends become book authors, you tend to fawn a little too much over their golden meanderings. In my case, the opposite unwittingly happened when I tacked a short mention onto a recent Aural Robert that did not begin to do justice to Stereophile Contributing Editor Robert Levine’s Weep, Shudder, Die, A Guide To Loving Opera (It!/Harper Collins, 2011)
Robert Baird  |  Apr 16, 2017  |  12 comments
"Phase 4 stereo can only be described as a marvel of sound, a radically new and dramatically potent concept in the art of high fidelity reproduction . . . it stands for motion and an uncanny sense of spatial realism unapproached by conventional disc standards."

Uh huh. And we have a miraculous vintage tube amp out in the swamps, spanned by the Brooklyn Bridge, that we want to sell you!!!

Robert Baird  |  Aug 16, 2017  |  5 comments
Elvis Presley's best recordings, particularly when it comes to his vocals, are his first.
Robert Baird  |  Sep 11, 2006  |  1 comments
For as long as I live, like it or not, I'll remember 10:28 am 9/11/06 like it was yesterday. I remember the roar and the sight of the giant radio antenna on the last of two towers standing disappearing into the massive clouds of gray smoke. I remember the emergency room personnel at St. Vincent's out in the street waiting for survivors that never came and the clouds of gritty smoke and 8 x 11 sheets of paper blowing up the streets of Brooklyn. And then I remember the jumpers, those who'd rather jump than burn.
Robert Baird  |  Sep 23, 2017  |  1 comments
An old hand from Down Under returns to rock . . .
Robert Baird  |  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.
Robert Baird  |  Oct 21, 2016  |  2 comments
If there ever was a sure-enough soul man, it was the Big O.
Robert Baird  |  Oct 14, 2016  |  1 comments
Or perhaps a duo effort by Chilton and storied Memphis producer Jim Dickinson?
Robert Baird  |  Dec 18, 2015  |  0 comments
Jones typically goes all in here...
Robert Baird  |  Dec 30, 2006  |  0 comments
Except for Al Sharpton's shameless hogging of the spotlight, James Brown's funeral was quite a production. Televised live on NY1 (New York One), the local cable news channel, this extravaganza was held in the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia.
Robert Baird  |  May 02, 2014  |  3 comments
Although they were released twenty years ago, they are four albums possessed of a timeless beauty
Robert Baird  |  Mar 24, 2017  |  1 comments
In 2016, the vinyl information and e-commerce site Discogs.com broke its own most-expensive LP-sale record twice. In March 2016, David Bowie's David Bowie went for $6826. That post-Bowie, death-related purchase was then topped when the next rock star fell. A month later, in April, a copy of Prince's Black Album, the grail of his catalog, went for $15,000. In recent days, however, the record was broken again when a test pressing of cult guitar hero Billy Yeager's 301 Jackson Street, one of just eight ever made, went for $18,000.
Robert Baird  |  Jun 20, 2006  |  2 comments
Overheard (coming out of mine and other nearby mouths) at a tavern in Brooklyn:
Robert Baird  |  Jan 30, 2015  |  5 comments
There’s a recent recording project that I have to say exemplifies that hard as it is to believe, there are still human hearts beating in the biz.

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