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Bob Baldwin: The American Spirit: A Smooth Jazz Celebration

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There’s been an overload of 9-11 homages in just about every musical format imaginable. Contemporary pianist, arranger and producer Bob Baldwin conceived a record that’s a tribute to the American spirit, too, one that he hopes will help promote healing and inspiration.

Amazingly, Baldwin has been able to overcome the most difficult aspect of doing a tribute of this sort-not having it sound hokey while still expressing sentiment. He successfully achieves that on The American Spirit by creating unencumbered arrangements with universal themes, and many of the selections recall Bob James’ sophisticated light funk.

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