Robert Baird

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Robert Baird  |  Jul 16, 2016  |  3 comments
In New York City or more specially Corona, Queens, July is the month when thoughts turn to the legacy of one Louis Armstrong. Last weekend, I made the pilgrimage with my patient wife to the Pops home in Corona, to view what is now the Louis Armstrong House Museum.
Robert Baird  |  Jul 14, 2016  |  3 comments
Vosgien's new masters have a fuller, rounder sound, many of the bright edges have been softened.
Robert Baird  |  Jun 17, 2016  |  4 comments
They’re arguably the best recordings Elvis ever made.
Robert Baird  |  Jun 14, 2016  |  First Published: Jul 01, 2016  |  2 comments
Allen Toussaint: American Tunes
Nonesuch 554644 (CD). 2016. Joe Henry, prod.; Ryan Freeman,, eng.; Wesley Seidman, Monique Eveleyin, asst engs. ADD? TT: 49:31
Performance ****½
Sonics ****½

David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Phife Dawg, Merle Haggard, Dan Hicks, Ernestine Anderson, Lonnie Mack, Maurice White, Blowfly, Otis Clay, Steve Young, George Martin, Keith Emerson, Henry McCullough, Prince. Was there a genre or subgenre of music that did not grieve in the closing months of 2015 through spring 2016—a period that must rank among the most devastating ever for the loss of important and influential songwriters and musicians?

Robert Baird  |  Jun 10, 2016  |  1 comments
Eine kleine Nachtmusik it ain't. And yet, in 1992, lightning struck, tectonic plates shifted, and the third symphony of Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (1933–2010) became a bona-fide hit. Defying both skeptics and logic, a recording of this decidedly sepia-toned work, subtitled The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, by the London Sinfonietta conducted by American maestro David Zinman, and featuring soprano soloist Dawn Upshaw, eventually sold over a million copies, making it the largest-selling recording of modern classical music ever.
Robert Baird  |  Jun 03, 2016  |  1 comments
"I mixed it before we recorded it."
Robert Baird  |  May 24, 2016  |  3 comments
Our Curly-Haired Boy is a Septuagenarian!
Robert Baird  |  May 18, 2016  |  1 comments
If songwriting is a lost art, then Guy Clark will always be one of its greatest old masters.

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