BOB BALDWIN, NEW URBAN JAZZ 2 / RE-VIBE

Keyboardist Bob Baldwin may be the hardest working man in jazz, carving out a niche to keep his “New Urban Jazz” style of music in the ears of smooth jazz listeners by relentlessly touring, keeping his website and blog up-to-date, and maintaining a prolific recording schedule and radio show. His signature style is an upbeat mélange of bass heavy contempo jazz and melodic R+B, combining the classic and contemporary along the lines of Ramsey Lewis and Herbie Hancock. On “NewUrbanJazz.com 2 /Re-Vibe” (Trippin' and Rhythm Records), a sequel of sorts to an earlier CD, he works up some well-crafted pop jazz instrumentals (“Get Over It” and “For Grover and George”) as well as “Unthinkable” that has a Joey Somerville flugelhorn refrain that echoes Burt Bacharach. The vocals by Glenn Jones and others are proto-typical bedroom ballads but the title track has more ounce to its bounce and “Every Breath Is A Gift” is first-class funky. A guilty pleasure to be sure, I’ve got to give Baldwin his props and I’m cool getting re-vibed again for the summertime. Good job, Bob! (14 tracks; 72:43 minutes) www.newurbanjazz.com 

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JAZZ IN SPACE: BOB BALDWIN, NEW URBAN JAZZ 2 / RE-VIBE

Sunday, September 11, 2011

BOB BALDWIN, NEW URBAN JAZZ 2 / RE-VIBE

Keyboardist Bob Baldwin may be the hardest working man in jazz, carving out a niche to keep his “New Urban Jazz” style of music in the ears of smooth jazz listeners by relentlessly touring, keeping his website and blog up-to-date, and maintaining a prolific recording schedule and radio show. His signature style is an upbeat mélange of bass heavy contempo jazz and melodic R+B, combining the classic and contemporary along the lines of Ramsey Lewis and Herbie Hancock. On “NewUrbanJazz.com 2 /Re-Vibe” (Trippin' and Rhythm Records), a sequel of sorts to an earlier CD, he works up some well-crafted pop jazz instrumentals (“Get Over It” and “For Grover and George”) as well as “Unthinkable” that has a Joey Somerville flugelhorn refrain that echoes Burt Bacharach. The vocals by Glenn Jones and others are proto-typical bedroom ballads but the title track has more ounce to its bounce and “Every Breath Is A Gift” is first-class funky. A guilty pleasure to be sure, I’ve got to give Baldwin his props and I’m cool getting re-vibed again for the summertime. Good job, Bob! (14 tracks; 72:43 minutes) www.newurbanjazz.com 

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