Pianist/Composer/Arranger Bob Baldwin’s 32nd offering was not planned so soon. His upcoming disc is a jazz-funk offering, and his latest journey with rhythms, vocals and syncopated vibrations continues to intrigue and inspire. The end result is the empathetic new single. ‘Back To Basics (Family First)’.
‘The upcoming disc is a direct result of basically staying home, staying off the road, quarantining, not knowing what’s really happening out there’, says the New York native. “As a result, at home, I got back into a heavy groove of producing, arranging, wanting and performing on several tracks, including Will Downing, Marion Meadows, CeCe Peniston, Ragan Whiteside and Lori Williams. I also, however, squeezed out 11 tracks for myself. I didn’t want the time at home to be wasteful, and in many cases. I found myself needing less, being less dependent from the outside world and keeping things uber-simple Eating better, enjoying family and friends, re-connecting with some great people was the order of the day, hence, my latest creation, ‘ Back To Basics (Family First)’ is a reflection of these moments.
These crazy Corona times were actually peaceful at the home front for me and my family. It saddens me tremendously, however, the amount of great people we have tost in 2020. both in jazz and in my own circle. 2020 will be a year never forgotten as a big hole is in my heart from these losses”
Bob’s upcoming disc has more of an urban twist than the previous organic “Henna”, as he taps on many writers and singers to get him through the project. ‘Lots of new tracks, but I also had to revisit some things that were never released and got them across the finish line’, says Baldwin. “Back to Basics (Family First)’ is his first single from the new project, off the heels of his Sirius/XM smash ‘Long Weekend (See You On Tuesday)”, featuring the aforementioned Whiteside on flute.
Listen to Back To Basics on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/5).