Baldwin just released on NuGroove Music his sophomore album Lookin'
Back. The title already reveals it, Bob honored us with a
retrospective of his musical career. The album contains 17 tracks with
over 70 minutes of music. In my review about Bob's previous album
Newurbanjazz.com (2008) I wrote down a survey about his
capricious musical life. Now Bob delivers his own musical view and in
addition six new compositions. So here is your collectable gem.
The album starts with a remix of
Summer Madness, originally released on Kool And The Gang's album
Light Of The World (1974). Featured singer is James "Crab"
Robinson, formerly a prominent vocalist of the group Change. Bob
Baldwin's retro synth and piano in combination of James Robinson's
glorious vocals are terrific.
One of my eternal favorites is
Summer Breeze. I was infected by the version of the Isley Brothers
(1974) and their wonderful harmonies. Bob Baldwin's instrumental
version is a awesome revitalization of this ancient hit featuring
Marion Meadows on soprano sax.
Baldwin released The Way She Looked
At Me on his album Standing Tall (2002). A catchy song
featuring Chieli Minucci on guitar and Dean James on saxophone. The
Newurbanjazz remix is a pinch funkier and has a strong rhythm finish.
That could be build to a Hip Hop hit.
Wishing You Were Here is taken
from Bob's album Reflections Of Love (1992) showcasing Marion
Meadows on sax, and great singer Will Downing. This album was Bob's
first major step into the smooth jazz genre.
The interlude I Heard You Twice (The
First Time) is an elegant bridge to People Make The World Go
Round. This song taken from his album Cool Breeze (1997),
featuring Marion Meadows, is a rendition of the Stylistics' hit from
1972. I Only Do Those Things is a new collaboration with soul
singer Will Downing. A romantic ballade in the classic style of the
I'm Changing features the
splendid Toni Redd. Songstress Toni Redd is an intense vocalist whose
style is infused with R & B, contemporary smooth jazz, and classical
soul; these elements combined create her unique and distinct powerful
ambience. Straight from the Heart was her debut album (2004).
This is certainly not her last appearance on a smooth jazz album.
Last Call is a short version
taken from Bob's album Brazil Chill (2004). Lead singer is
Zoiea Ohizep who also performed on Freddie Jackson's It's Your Move
and Bob's Newurbanjazz.com. You will love his timbre. The short
interlude Oasis with a strong horn section guides to It's
Not Enuf featuring the late Grover Washington Jr. taken from the
album Reflections Of Love. This up-tempo tune features the whole
synth equipment which was reflecting the spirit of the early 90's.
Never Can Say Goodbye from the
album Bobbaldwin.com (2000) is another highlight of Bob's
musical career. Chuck Loeb on guitar finds the best answer to Bob's
piano mastery. The song was written by Clifton Davis and originally
recorded by The Jackson 5 in 1971.
We Miss You / The
Marvin Medley is a wonderful
take from the album Rejoice (1990). The song features vocalist
James "Crab" Robinson
supported by a chorus line of lead singer Sharon Bryant, and
background vocals Vaneese Thomas and Porter Caroll III.
Make Love, Not War was the
anti-war slogan commonly associated with the American counterculture
of the 1960s, especially against the war in Vietnam. Bob forms this
slogan to a heartfelt soulful tune featuring Robinson. Soul in the
golden tradition of late Donny Hathaway.
Bob Baldwin wrote Ukuphilia
(Live Version), when he was in South Africa in the year 2000. A rhythm
influenced tune with great flair. The interlude Café is a
Samba, certainly recorded in Brazil. If you like this style, give also
Bob's album Brazil Chill a listen. God Bless America is
taken from the album The American Spirit (2002). This CD is
dedicated to all of those who have lost their lives in the tragic
events that evolved on 9/11/2001. It's Bob's own musical approach and
coping with this disaster and tragedy.
Lookin' Back is Bob Baldwin's
personal rear view on a live of ups and downs, a great musical package
for all fans of his music.
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Title: Lookin' Back
Artist: Bob Baldwin
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: NuGroove Music LLC
01 Summer Madness (Remix) [feat. James "Crab" Robinson]
02 Summer Breeze (Extended Mix) [feat. Marion Meadows]
03 The Way She Looked At Me (NewUrbanJazz Remix) [4:47]
04 Wishing You Were Here (Featuring Marion Meadows & Will
05 I Heard You Twice (The FIrst Time) [Interlude] [1:26]
06 People Make The World Go Round (Featuring Marion Meadows)
07 I Only Do Those Things (Featuring Will Downing) [4:54]
08 I'm Changing (Featuring Toni Redd) [5:00]
09 Last Call (Featuring Zoiea) [5:15]
10 Oasis (Interlude) [1:19]
11 It's Not Enuf (Featuring Grover Washington, Jr.) [5:32]
12 Never Can Say Goodbye (Featuring Chuck Loeb) [5:00]
13 We Miss You / The Marvin Medley [6:44]
14 Make Love, Not War [4:46]
15 Ukuphilia (Live Version) [6:51]
16 Café (Interlude) [1:19]
17 God Bless America [4:54]