Influenced by George Duke, Maurice White, Ramsey Lewis and Stan Getz, along with Brazilian songwriters and artists Eliane Elias, Ivan Lins and Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baldwin has managed to combine jazz-funk-pop and sexy Brazilian sounds, creating a realm all his own.
If Brazilian music brings to mind a Cha-Cha, Tango or Samba, it’s time to clear the musical palate
Brazil Chill is bold, earthy, urban, lively, sensual and downright good.
Opening with a 26 second background of rainforest sounds Brazil Chillintroduces its sensual atmosphere with inflections ofStreet Sounds.
I Wanna Be Where You Are, has a mild percussion and gentle vocals by Armando Marcal. Baldwin does a perky piano roll across the keyboard, accompanying the sound Dennis Johnson’s brisk brush across the drums.
Turning to the funky side of the Brazilian beat, Marcos Ariel provides a spirited flute solo during Everybody’s Beautiful (In Brazil), written by Bob Baldwin. Baldwin again delights the senses with his lively keyboard as Zoiea Ohizep provides airy background vocals.
Featuring Zoiea Ohizep’s funky yet smooth and heartfelt voice, Last Call (for love),brings Brazilian sound into the dimension of urban hip-hop; An upbeat love song with a pop flavor, a persistent percussive beat.
The feature song with the album’s namesake, Brazil Chill, gives Phil Hamilton a range on guitar, accompanied by Ivan Conte on drums. Bob Baldwin performs a catchy keyboard run while providing background vocals in a smooth reminder to cherish life --everyday.
Sho-Nuff has a catchy, fancy, upbeat melody on Baldwin’s keyboard, as Jeff Kashiwa provides sultry moves on sax and a hypnotic melodica solo by Delia Fischer.
Twelve tracts on this CD bring Brazilian music into the twenty-first century with an upbeat, uptown sound of smooth jazz filled with the rigorous flavor of the tropics.
Baldwin’s finger work on the keyboard is constantly challenging and engaging, capturing the energy this CD was designed to create with-in the hearts of listeners.