Robert Baird

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Robert Baird  |  Dec 16, 2001  |  0 comments
As I sit down to write a year's-end musical retrospective, I feel that the old column-writing joke between Stereophile editor John Atkinson and myself about first needing a subject and, second, needing it to make sense, will not be a problem this time out. For me, the music and almost everything else about 2001 have been dwarfed in importance by the mayhem wreaked on New York on September 11.
Robert Baird  |  Jun 15, 2006  |  3 comments
It's always bugged me. And now I have just the blog to spew about it in.
Robert Baird  |  Dec 08, 2016  |  3 comments
One of the few '70s funk/soul holy grails that’s actually worth digging for.
Robert Baird  |  Feb 17, 2017  |  7 comments
Does having commercial leanings make you a traitor to the purity of your art? Can you make money in music and still have integrity? These eternal questions came to mind upon the death of singer Al Jarreau. Often savaged by critics and fans for his success, Jarreau cut his own path and by the time he died, at the age of 76, of respiratory failure on Sunday, February 12, he'd had more than a few last laughs on his detractors.
Robert Baird  |  Jun 16, 2014  |  5 comments
Vaya con Dios Jimmy Scott!
Robert Baird  |  Nov 10, 2015  |  4 comments
For many years the centerpiece around which much of New Orleans music revolved, he was the last in a long line of New Orleans piano professors.
Robert Baird  |  Nov 29, 2007  |  3 comments
"For decades the pursuit of high–-quality sound on high-end systems drove the recording industry, especially the classical music branch."
Robert Baird  |  Sep 20, 2006  |  2 comments
Earlier this week I was invited to Per Se, a sleek restaurant in the Time Warner Center here in NYC for a lavish lunch sponsored by Concord Records. Co-owner Norman Lear was there. So was former SNL and now Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer who served as MC. The occasion was the release of another Ray Charles project which I will be writing about in more detail in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Titled Ray Swings—Basie Swings, it's an elaborate studio creation. Again though, Look for more in December's Stereophile.
Robert Baird  |  Jun 12, 2017  |  0 comments
"They are simultaneously high-fidelity in ways that are less easy to quantify . . . [and] many of the most expensive pieces of [modern] audiophile gear follow the structures of this early equipment."
Robert Baird  |  May 25, 2006  |  1 comments
Call me an elitist but I fail to see the attraction—for viewers—in the whole American Idol phenomena. Of course, television has made millions from televising talent shows over the years so I guess it's just me that's out of step.

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