Robert Baird

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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  |  Oct 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Electronics is electronics, love them or hate them, your choice.
Robert Baird  |  Oct 02, 2016  |  9 comments
To my ears, the masterpieces of the solo careers are obvious.
Robert Baird  |  Sep 22, 2016  |  2 comments
The problem for true believers is that there’s never been a proper Beatles live album.
Robert Baird  |  Sep 22, 2016  |  3 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.

Robert Baird  |  Sep 18, 2016  |  3 comments
And as the Beatles later mused, he’d done it alone.
Robert Baird  |  Sep 09, 2016  |  0 comments
A new CD/MP3 by Los Angeles-based Omnivore Records, a reissue label that’s growing more interesting with each release,
Robert Baird  |  Aug 29, 2016  |  4 comments
Art Blakey’s A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1 remains a landmark of both bebop and the earliest live recordings of jazz in a club setting.
Robert Baird  |  Aug 20, 2016  |  1 comments
Eric "Roscoe" Ambel has even owned a much beloved but now sadly shuttered bar in the East Village called Lakeside Lounge, from which he salvaged the name for his record label.

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