Title - '... Presents Abbey Road and the Beatles'
Artist - Bob Baldwin
Bob Baldwin’s multifarious ‘gushings’ of the Beatles began in the sixties as a young lad living in the urban surroundings of Yonkers and Mount Vernon, NY before eventually moving further up the Hudson River.
In both regions; however, was one of the power radio stations of the universe. WABC Radio (New York City), with golden voices like Cousin Brucie, Harry Harrison and Dan Ingram, were playing the pop hits of their time in the 60’s and 70’s.
It was there where the New York Pianist/Arranger caught that infamous ‘Beatles Bug’ that had obviously swept the United States ... truly a British Invasion.
That bug is now in full-effect with 10 catchy Beatles tracks suitable for jazz piano here on the just-released '... Presents Abbey Road and the Beatles (released via Red River.)
1. 'Come Together (Can We All Just Get Along?)'
2. '(Mellow) Yellow Submarine'
3. 'And I Love Her (Real Talk)'
4. '(Don't Wanna Be) The Fool On The Hill'
5. 'Imagine (Living As One)'
6. 'Michelle (My Girl)'
7. 'Something (In The Way She Moves)'
8. 'My Love'
9. 'Abbey Road'
10. 'Yesterday (Remixed)'
11. 'Eleanor Rigby'
12. 'Something (In The Way She Moves)' (Vocal Version)
First up is a laid back 'Come Together (Can We All Just Get Along?),' which is backed seamlessly by both a brilliantly-titled piano piece '(Mellow) Yellow Submarine' and then one of my own favorite cuts, the upbeat joyous tones of 'And I Love Her (Real Talk).'
Featuring the always-lovely-to-hear CeCe Peniston, a splendid '(Don't Wanna Be) The Fool On The Hill,' with Euge Groove featured on a saxlicious 'Imagine (Living As One).'
'Michelle (My Girl)' featuring Ragan Whiteside is yet another delightful piano piece and is followed by another of my favorites, the free flowing instrumental 'Something (In The Way She Moves).'
A duo of guest spots for Lori Williams begin with a sultry R&B re-imagining of 'My Love,' and then bleeds lovingly into a tonally different 'Abbey Road.'
'Yesterday (Remixed)' is a playfully funky piano delight and then the album rounds out with 'Eleanor Rigby' and a vocal version of 'Something (In The Way She Moves).'
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