The release of “Bob Baldwin presents Abbey Road and the Beatles” marks the pianist-keyboardist’s 30th anniversary as a recording artist. The first single, “Imagine (Living As One)” featuring Euge Groove, was shipped to radio.
ATLANTA (4 December 2018): Bob Baldwin was a kid listening to pop radio in the outskirts of New York City when he fell in love with the melodies of the Beatles. For his 25th album, the pianist-keyboardist embarks upon a magical mystery tour through the hit-filled pages of the legendary group’s storied songbook, plying his trademark urban-jazz sheen to the iconic harmonies. The Red River Entertainment release that dropped last Friday (November 30), “Bob Baldwin presents Abbey Road and the Beatles” was produced and arranged by Baldwin who wrote an original song in tribute to the band, “Abbey Road,” along with composing new passages that add unique elements to the eleven reimagined Beatles classics.
Having issued albums that honor the landmark works of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Thom Bell, Baldwin set his sights on the Fab Four’s influential catalogue that first captured his interest decades ago.
“My childhood listening tendencies before I was ten-years-old were quite broad, including Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis, the music of Motown and Aretha Franklin. On the pop side, the catchy hooks of the Beatles crept into my ear from days of listening to pop radio. For this project, I wanted to interject my own reharmonized view of the Beatles music while keeping the original melodies pure. Doing the Beatles was a different twist for me,” said Baldwin, who plays piano, keyboards, bass, drums, melodica, vocoder and plies his soothing tenor voice to the session. “It would be cool to know if Sir Paul McCartney could hear it, and more importantly, if he digs the attempt.”
The first single recently serviced to radio is a reading of John Lennon’s signature piece that Baldwin soulfully reinvents as “Imagine (Living As One)” and adds sweet soprano sax from Euge Groove. Other prominent soloists include vocalist CeCe Peniston on “(Don’t Wanna Be) The Fool on The Hill”; flutist Ragan Whiteside serenely illuminates “Michelle (My Girl)”; and noted jazz-R&B singer Lori Williams, who brings a nuanced grace and elegance to Paul & Linda McCartney’s “My Love.” Williams also charms on the Beatles salute that she wrote with Baldwin, “Abbey Road,” which the pair perform as a vocal duet. Songs like “Come Together (Can We All Just Get Along?),” “(Mellow) Yellow Submarine,” “And I Love Her,” “Yesterday” and “Eleanor Rigby” swing and groove like never before, rebuilt from the ground up on the back of Baldwin’s meticulous jazz and urban arrangements. Anchoring the rhythm section are drummer Tony Lewis and bassist Dave Anderson, who craft deep pockets seasoned with a smattering of percussion from Café Da Silva.
The arrival of “Bob Baldwin presents Abbey Road and the Beatles” coincides with Baldwin’s 30th anniversary as a solo recording artist. The 1988 release of “A Long Way To Go” was discovered by Roberta Flack, who was a finalist judge at the time for the Sony Innovators Award, a prestigious honor bestowed upon Baldwin. The debut album was the first entry in a library consisting of jazz, R&B and gospel discs, of which over a dozen have entered the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Top 20 sales chart. At radio, Baldwin’s track record boasts 15 Top 20 Billboard BDS hits, the most recent being this year’s “Be Blessed (No Stress).” He is the creative force behind The Groove Pact’s “Club Life,” a late summer smash from an all-star collective consisting of Baldwin, Marion Meadows, Marcus Anderson, Nils, Joey Sommerville, Oli Silk, Tom Browne, Whiteside and others. Enjoying a remarkably prolific period, Baldwin released seven full-length albums over the last twelve months.
Ten years ago, Baldwin launched his nationally-syndicated radio program, “The NewUrbanJazz Lounge,” which reaches over half-a-million listeners weekly with a mix of contemporary jazz influenced by urban and Brazilian music. A creative, Atlanta-based entrepreneur who leads a music production and event planning company, he authored “You Better Ask Somebody,” a 2012 book about his experiences in the music business. Baldwin, who also designs and markets a hat collection, has a patented invention that will soon be revealed.
“Bob Baldwin presents Abbey Road and the Beatles” contains the following songs:
“Come Together (Can We All Just Get Along?)”
“(Mellow) Yellow Submarine”
“And I Love Her (Real Talk)”
“(Don’t Wanna Be) The Fool on The Hill” featuring CeCe Peniston
“Imagine (Living As One)” featuring Euge Groove
“Michelle (My Girl)” featuring Ragan Whiteside
“Something (In The Way She Moves)”
“My Love” featuring Lori Williams
“Abbey Road” featuring Lori Williams
“Something (In The Way She Moves)” vocal version
The album is available for purchase at https://amzn.to/2rcgTLO.
For more information, please visit www.BobBaldwin.com and www.NewUrbanJazz.com.
Bob Baldwin continues to unload catalog in continuance of his 30-year artist anniversary with his latest Beatles Tribute release "Bob Baldwin Presents Abbey Road and the Beatles", while the single "Club Life" features a record 10 soloists on one track.
Stays on plan to release 10 projects in a calendar year.
New York, NY (20 August, 2018): As we enter into the fall of 2018, pianist/keyboardist Bob Baldwin has unleashed several projects this year in celebrating his 30th year as an artist, and 10/1/18 will mark his 10thyear on the air with his NewUrbanJazz Radio Network, which begun with a humble five stations in the NPR Radio chain. The show continues to grow with over 45 terrestrial stations and a listening base of over 500,000 listeners. The show can be consumed with a NewUrbanJazz app via your smartphone, or you can listen in from your desktop computer at work. Archived weekly shows appear on Soundcloud.
In 1988, his debut release I've got A Long Way To Go on Malaco Jazz announced to the world that he would continue to be a mainstay in the Contemporary/Smooth Jazz format. He now has over 25 discs released as a solo artist, having recorded some of them on 5 continents, including the countries of Brazil, the U.K., Dubai, and South Africa. His recent acquisitions of product from Shanachie includes Cool Breeze and The American Spirit, both of which are owned by his label, City Sketches Records, which launched in 1997.
"I anticipate that there was going to be some seismic shifts in the music business, so I anticipated what those changes would be", says the native Mt. Vernonite. "When iTunes came to the party in the mid 2000's, the message was to own your material, and that's what I've been striving for since 2000. A lot of my peers didn't answer the call, and now, most of them are playing catch-up. People are stealing the music, downloading less and streaming more...and most labels aren't sharing all the revenues...less than 15% of industry revenues trickle down to the artists, while the labels clean up. I'm happy to say that I'm both the artist and the label, which is a huge advantage". That Nostradamus-like prediction has enabled Baldwin to flood the market with music in 2018 without label interference.
So what way to further celebrate 30 years in the music business? By releasing even more music. His soon to be released Bob Baldwin Presents Abbey Road the Beatles featuring House groove singer CeCe Peniston, Smooth saxman Euge Groove, Flutist Ragan Whiteside and Washington DC vocalist Lori Williams. His creatively arranged arrangements of classic tracks by Lennon, McCartney and the rest of the Abbey Road gang has been on the back burner for several years, but Baldwin had to time it perfectly to record and release the project in 2018.
Additionally, Baldwin has been working on a track that has evolved in history measures. His project by The Groove Pact featuring Marion Meadows and himself, entitled "Club Life" features a record ten soloists on one single 4:16 track, with solo appearances by Walter Beasley, Joey Sommerville, Ragan Whiteside, Oli Silk, U-Nam, Nils, Tom Browne and the aforementioned Baldwin and Meadows. The project has some proceeds to benefit the How Big Is Your Dream Foundation, which encourages young students to learn about music through performance seminars, based in the Atlanta, GA market.
Three re-mix projects with some new material are already in the works, beginning with the most popular disc, "Never Can Say Goodbye a Tribute to Michael Jackson (Remixed and Re-Mastered)". The out-of-print recording which now sells on Amazon starting at an eye-popping $55.00 will now be re-released to ward off all rogue record retailers, released as a normally-priced disc.
A Mount Vernon, New York native who has become a longtime resident of Atlanta, Baldwin debuted in 1988 with "I've Got A Long Way to Go" and his 25 albums – eight of which climbed into the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Top 20 – are jazz, R&B and gospel outings. Over the years, he's worked as a producer, songwriter and performer alongside George Benson, Gerald Albright, Euge Groove, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Pieces of a Dream, Paul Taylor, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Chuck Loeb. Since 2008, he has hosted the nationally syndicated radio program "The NewUrbanJazz Lounge," which attracts nearly 500,000 listeners weekly. His City Sketches, Inc. is the umbrella entity that houses a production and event planning company, the radio network and NewUrbanJazz Hats. Baldwin is also the author of a book about the music industry, "You Better Ask Somebody / Staying On Top of Your Career in the 'Friggin' Music Business."
He now has recorded some of them on 5 continents, including the countries of Brazil, the U.K., Dubai, and South Africa.
For more information, please visit Bob's Home Page.
(November 2017 – Current) Recent Releases
1) The Groove Pact – "Club Life" featuring Bob Baldwin and Marion Meadows
With solos by: Walter Beasley, Joey Sommerville, Ragan Whiteside,
Oli Silk, U-Nam, Nils, Tom Browne – going for radio adds 9/3/18
2) "Bob Baldwin Presents Abbey Road" contains the following songs:
01. Come Together (Can't We All Just Get Along)
02. (Mellow) Yellow Submarine
03. And I Love Her (Real Talk)
04. (Don't Wanna Be) The Fool on the Hill – f/ CeCe Peniston
05. Imagine (Living as One)
06. Michelle (My Girl) – f/ Ragan Whiteside
07. Something (In the Way She Moves)
08. My Love – f/ Lori Williams
09. Abbey Road – f/ Lori Williams
11. Eleanor Rigby
12. Never Can Say Goodbye (Remixed and Re-Mastered)
13. Something (In the Way She Moves)
3) Bob Baldwin - "Never Out of Season / Remixed and Re-Mastered"
4) Bob Baldwin - "Welcome To The Games / Remixed and Re-Mastered"
5) Bob Baldwin - "Cool Breeze" (Reissue) featuring Larry Coryell, Marion Meadows,
6) Bob Baldwin - "The American Spirit" (Reissue) featuring Kim Waters, Marion Meadows,
Phil Perry, Chieli Minucci, Chuck Loeb, Dean James, Vaneese Thomas
Other upcoming releases:
7) Madoca "On the Beach with You" –
Radio single produced by Bob Baldwin (Going for radio adds 8/14)
8) Lori Williams featuring Bob Baldwin – "Out of the Box" (Release date: 8/3/18)
9) Bob Baldwin - "Welcome to the Games" Remixed and Re-Mastered (Coming Nov. 2018)
10) Bob Baldwin – 'NewUrbanJazz.com" – Remixed and Re-Mastered (TBA)
Keyboardist Bob Baldwin's "The Brazilian-American Soundtrack" is a sprawling urban-jazz exploration through Rio
Going for gold: Keyboardist Bob Baldwin's
"The Brazilian-American Soundtrack," released Friday, is a sprawling urban-jazz exploration through Rio.
ATLANTA (1 July 2016): As the eyes of the world focus on Rio de Janeiro this summer, Red River Entertainment released a generous 26-song double disc of authentic Brazilian jazz rhythms and distinctly American R&B grooves on Friday from keyboardist Bob Baldwin entitled "The Brazilian-American Soundtrack." The Grammy-nominated artist had a hand in writing twenty tunes for the collection that he produced in two movements, Movement I: Rio-Ipanema and Movement II: New York, that were recorded in Rio, New York City and Atlanta over a three-year period. The first single that will be serviced to radio stations for airplay is the pulsating club music meets sultry Latin music blend "Ipanema Fusion."
"The Brazilian-American Soundtrack" is Baldwin's second foray into Brazil expanding on the territory he mined on his 2004 album, "Brazil Chill." This time out, he purposely incorporated more American nuances into the mix. Supplementing his own compositions, he elected to honor a few of the iconic artists who influenced his artistic muse including Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Corcovado"), Ivan Lins ("Anjo De Mim," "The Island" and "Love Dance") and Djavan ("Eu Te Devoro"). Another formative inspiration was Maurice White, the late Earth, Wind & Fire creator and leader who Baldwin remembers with a heartfelt spoken word tribute that closes the album, "The Message," and on two musical numbers, "Maurice (The Sound Of His Voice)" and "The Greatest Lover," the latter of which was recorded in the spirit of White's hall of fame band. Meticulously produced, performed, composed and arranged, most of the tracks on "The Brazilian-American Soundtrack" are tightly segued, maintaining a smooth flow and graceful transition from cut to cut through more than two hours of music.
Baldwin's winning team that bolsters his pliable piano gymnastics and effervescent keyboard finesse on "The Brazilian-American Soundtrack" consists of an international ensemble that includes noted Brazilian and Latin players Café Da Silva (percussion), Torcuato Mariano (guitar), Rafael Pereira (percussion) and Armando Marcal (percussion). Canadian trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, veteran saxophonists Marion Meadows and Freddy V, and emerging flutist Ragan Whiteside add soulful horn solos while guitarists Marlon McClain and Phil Hamilton contribute compelling runs throughout the date that showcases a handful of charismatic vocalists: James "Crab" Robinson, Porter Carroll II, Gigi, Zoiea Ohizep as well as Baldwin himself. In fact, Baldwin demonstrates remarkable dexterity by singing lead and background as well as playing piano, Rhodes, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, Moog bass, Melodica, strings and clave on the album.
"My love for Brazilian music runs deep. It started with the infiltration of samba in the 1960s courtesy of Stan Getz, who brought with him Astrud Gilberto and the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim. So many other American artists have embraced Brazil, including Quincy Jones, who signed Ivan Lins to his publishing company, and Djavan, who I refer to as "The Brazilian Sade", who goes as far back as 1973 when he sang on a Stevie Wonder track. There are so many others - like Maurice White, Ramsey Lewis and George Duke - who all caught the Brazilian music bug and were hooked," said Baldwin, who made the record in part via crowdfunding for which a number of unique opportunities remain available (www.pledgemusic.com/bobbaldwin). "Musicians like Cafe da Silva, Armando Marcal, Torcuato Mariano, Delia Fisher and Rafael Pereira give the tracks on 'The Brazilian-American Soundtrack' authenticity and the green light to deliver the sound of Brazil to the project."
A Mount Vernon, New York native who has become a longtime resident of Atlanta, Baldwin debuted in 1988 with "I've Got A Long Way to Go" and his 22 albums - eight of which climbed into the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Top 20 - are jazz, R&B and gospel outings. Over the years, he's worked as a producer, songwriter and performer alongside George Benson, Gerald Albright, Euge Groove, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Pieces of a Dream, Paul Taylor, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Chuck Loeb. Since 2008, he has hosted the nationally syndicated radio program "The NewUrbanJazz Lounge," which attracts nearly 500,000 listeners weekly. His City Sketches, Inc. is the umbrella entity that houses a production and event planning company, the radio network and NewUrbanJazz Hats. Baldwin is also the author of two books about the music industry, "You Better Ask Somebody" and "Staying On Top of Your Career in the 'Friggin' Music Business." For more information, please visit www.BobBaldwin.com.
"The Brazilian-American Soundtrack" contains the following songs:
Movement I: Rio-Ipanema
"Ipanema Fusion" featuring Café Da Silva
"Teardrop" featuring Ragan Whiteside
"Caipirinha" featuring Torcuato Mariano
"Corcovado"/"The Redeemer" featuring Torcuato Mariano
"Greatest Lover" featuring Zoiea
"Lookin' At Me" featuring Gigi
"Anjo De Mim"
"The Island" featuring Leo Gandelman
"Eu Te Devoro"
"Oasis Of Love"
"Love Dance/May I Have This Dance?"
"Children Of The Sun"
Movement II: New York
"Home From Work"
"Maurice (The Sound Of His Voice")
"My Soul" featuring Marion Meadows
"For You" featuring Porter Carroll II
"Summer Madness" featuring James "Crab" Robinson
"Yesterday" featuring Freddie V
"South Of The Border"
"Mobile & Global" featuring Gabriel Mark Hasselbach
"I Need The Air (You Breathe)"
"State Of Mind"
"The Message (A Maurice White Tribute)"