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Robben Ford: Bringing It Back Home

Read "Robben Ford: Bringing It Back Home" reviewed by Something Else! Reviews

Robben Ford's most focused, unembellished album in like, forever, may have also been the easiest album the virtuosic blues/jazz/rock/you-name-it guitarist has made in a long spell, too. In talking about Bringing It Back Home, the guitarist/vocalist says, “The results are really pure, and the most fun I've had making an album in years." In “bringing it back home" with a collection of older folk, blues and R&B tunes, some of which he didn't even know about prior to the recording ...

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Robben Ford: From the Soul

Read "Robben Ford: From the Soul" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

Few guitarists on the scene today can boast a longer, more diverse and accomplished career than that of perennial blues-jazz great Robben Ford. Having toured and recorded as a sideman with such legendary performers as Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Bonnie Raitt and Miles Davis, Ford has also made a name for himself as a bandleader, instrumental composer and songwriter. With the release of his 2009 album Soul on Ten, his fourth for the Concord label, the five-time Grammy nominee is ...

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Robben Ford: Soul on Ten

Read "Soul on Ten" reviewed by John Kelman

While he's largely lived in the blues world for much of his career, guitarist Robben Ford has always been defined by a jazz sensibility. Sure, there's the grease and grit of overdriven, wah-wah'd electric guitar and a strong, rock-hard backbeat; but Ford's language since Robben Ford and the Blue Line (Stretch, 1992) has been a compelling combination of visceral blues bends and more evolved harmony. It's no surprise that he's been the go-to guitarist for everyone from Miles Davis and ...

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Robben Ford: Truth

Read "Truth" reviewed by Martin Gladu

If the truth of the pudding is indeed in the eating, then Robben Ford's own Truth leaves one somewhat unsatiated. Coincidently, Ford's releases for Concord have gotten a rather lukewarm reception from critics and longtime fans enamored with his jazzy blues romp, while the general public--and consequently, PDs and radio executives--take delight in the slicker soul/R&B foray. Considering his string of acclaimed recordings for Chick Corea's Stretch label, one is left wondering who exactly the targeted audience here is.

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Robben Ford: Robben Ford- Anthology: The Early Years

Read "Robben Ford- Anthology: The Early Years" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Robben Ford knew all there was to know about the blues pentonic scale before he was 20 years old.

Anthology: The Early Years catalogs a pre-Yellowjackets, pre-Miles Davis, teenaged Robben Ford. This is significant because, Ford, at this time (between 1972 and 1976), shows more aptitude for the Blues than players do twice his age. This current compilation is based on four releases Ford made for Avenue Jazz (now codistributed with the Bethlehem archive). Thirteen of the nineteen tracks are ...

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Robben Ford: Sunrise

Read "Sunrise" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Sunrise is aptly named, for this 1972 recording captures Robben Ford's stinging blues guitar at the dawn of his career. It contains the hallmarks of Ford's now long-familiar style: non-stop solos of brisk funk logic; clean and exquisitely formed lines; and a monster groove. There's also quite a bit of vocal work on this one: by Ford himself on Willie Dixon's “Red Rooster," Miles Davis' “Eighty One," and Ford's own “Sunrise." The one and only Jimmy Witherspoon shows up too ...

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Robben Ford: The Authorized Bootleg

Read "The Authorized Bootleg" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Here's Robben Ford on acoustic guitar at Oakland's fabled Yoshi's in December 1995. The Blue Line is with him: Roscoe Beck on bass, Tom Brechtlein on drums, and Bill Boublitz on piano and organ. The place is packed and the crowd is wildly enthusiastic.

As well it should be. Acoustic Ford reveals him as supreme blues stylist, with a good sense of form in his solos that seldom fails to hold interest. His singing is well-suited to the milieu here; ...

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Robben Ford: Tiger Walk

Read "Tiger Walk" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Listening to this new Robben Ford disc reminds me how much this man's guitar contributed to the sound of the much-maligned late period of Miles Davis. At its core Tiger Walk is a quartet recording centering around Ford, Bernie Worrell on clavinet and organ, Charlie Drayton on bass guitars, and Steve Jordon on drums and percussion. Benmont Tench of Heartbreakers fame plays organ on “The Champ," with Russell Ferrante on piano and Lenny Castro on percussion. Castro chips in on ...


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