The Bob Baldwin 26-song love affair with Brazil began with his love of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Sergio Mendes as a child. His love elevated when he witnessed the marriage of American Funk/Jazz and the Samba/Bossa Nova sound, which was later explored by the likes of Djavan, Ivan Lins, Elaine Elias, George Duke, Maurice White, and Pat Metheny. Fast forward, Baldwin follows up his experimental Brazil Chill (2004) disc with more flavors from Rio, with covers by the aforementioned Djavan, Jobim and Lins. The result is a 20-song plus soundtrack through the eyes of this American…musically celebrating the year of the 2016 Summer Olympics, in beautiful Brazil. Enjoy!
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THE LATEST: 'THE BRAZILIAN-AMERICAN SOUNDTRACK' has penetrated the Billboard top 20, coming in at #14, his 10th since 2000!
Here's what they are saying about it...
“The Pulse of entertainment: Bob Baldwin makes a big statement with 'The Brazilian-American Soundtrack'”. - Lee Bailey’s EUR Web.com Electronic Urban Report
“A wondrous double album of both mellow and smooth musical offerings, all enveloped within some seriously tasty modern jazz - all delivered by one of the most talented keyboardists on the planet, Bob Baldwin.” – Exclusive Magazine
“A heady, intoxicating smooth jazz and modern soul cocktail that will last long after the Rio Olympics are a fading memory. Hugely recommended!” – Soul and Jazz and Funk
“This is without a doubt a masterpiece from Bob Baldwin. In his typical urban jazz style, he brings contemporary jazz that keeps my interest all the way. One of the best albums this year!” – Keys & Chords
“A double album of Brazilian/American fusion that takes it to the streets, this is a little bit of a look at the future of jazz…Smoking hot throughout---even in it's laid back moments.” – Midwest Record
“Bob Baldwin’s magnum opus deserves recognition and certainly several deep listens since it represents the passion and virtuosity of his musical personalities.” – Sounds of Timeless Jazz.com
“Excellent album where music and Brazilian rhythms combined with impeccable Jazz de contemporary.” - No Solo Smooth Jazz (Spain)
“Bob Baldwin's double feature 'The Brazilian-American Soundtrack' is a concentrated charge of entertainment. With more than two hours the listener gets a stunning recording full of melodic ideas.” – Smooth Jazz Daily (Germany)
“'The Brazilian-American Soundtrack', which became Baldwin’s ninth album to hit the Billboard Top 20, also benefits from his soothing tenor voice, bass, drums, percussion, Moog bass, Melodica, strings and clave contributions.” – Smooth Jazz Life
"'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.” – Capital Community News
“Baldwin has the confidence to turn back the clock to the time when artists were not constrained by misguided industry formulas on how songs should sound and how they should be constructed.” – Smooth Jazz Therapy