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Cool Breeze [Bob Baldwin]

  • 1. Give in to Love
    2. Summer Breeze
    3. Bahia Maria
    4. People Make the World Go Round
    5. Ties That Bind
    6. Walk on By
    7. Hot Fun in the Sun
    8. Vi's Pies
    9. Cool Wind Blowing
    10. I Give Unto You
    11. Be Encouraged
    12. Ties That Bind (Interlude)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5035

  • Credits
    ProducerBob Baldwin
    EngineerScott Eraas

    Personnel: Bob Baldwin (strings, piano, keyboards, drums, loops); Larry Coryell (electric guitar); Marion Meadows (saxophone, soprano saxophone); Fred Vigdor (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Tad Gulley, Tony Lewis (drums, cymbals).
    Audio Mixer: Wayne Warnecke.
    Recording information: Gibson Recording Studios, Roswell, GA.
    Photographers: Uwe Ommer; John Pinderhughes.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Larry Coryell.
    Arranger: Bob Baldwin.
    The smooth jazz format has lent itself to an unfortunate trend towards sugary and fluffy generic album titles that hardly characterize the grit and energy of the music they represent. Boney James went the route with Sweet Thing and now Bob Baldwin's blandly titled but explosively executed Cool Breeze makes a strong case for not judging a disc by its cover. As with his independent City Sketches earlier this year, the keyboardist never quite approaches the free-for-all soul-fusion jam sessions which marked his early Atlantic albums, yet he throws enough aggressive, improvisational punches into these up-tempo romps to remind his old fans of the way he once pounded. Rather than crazed earthquakes, he gives us thoughtful, slickly produced tremors that lean towards gospel every so often. He also twists familiar pop hits like "Summer Breeze" and "Walk on By" into funky blue knots. His artful, no-frills jazz trio spins on "Cool Wind Blowing" and "I Give Unto You" make many of the other tracks seem overproduced and machine generated by comparison. While Baldwin knows how to balance electric and acoustic currents to great effect, he should consider stripping down like this more often in the future. Why hide behind smoke and mirrors when you have this much emotion to offer? ~ Jonathan Widran

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