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Ricky Ford - tenor saxophone Tenor Saxophonist Ricky Ford was born 4 March 1954, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Ford started to play drums, and then changed to tenor saxophone at the age of 15, inspired by Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Ran Blake heard him playing in a Boston Club and persuaded him to study music at the New England Conservatory. (Blake later invited him to play on several albums too, including “Rapport,” “Short Life Of Barbara Monk” and “That Certain Feeling”). In 1974 Ford joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the leadership of Mercer Ellington and in 1976 he replaced George Adams in the Charles Mingus group, recording on “Three Or Four Shades of Blue” and “Me Myself An Eye.” In the late 70s and early 80s he played with Dannie Richmond, Mingus Dynasty, George Russell, Beaver Harris, Lionel Hampton and Adbullah Ibrahim’s Ekaya group

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Yusef Lateef: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Blowing Cultural Nationalism Out Of The Water

Read "Yusef Lateef: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Blowing Cultural Nationalism Out Of The Water" reviewed by Chris May


A pioneer of global and modal jazz, the multi-instrumentalist and composer Yusef Lateef is only beginning to have his importance in the history of the music properly acknowledged. After languishing off-catalogue for decades, much of his output is being made available once more. A treasure trove of great jazz is out there waiting to be rediscovered. ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Stratusphunk: The Life and Works of George Russell By Dr. Duncan Heining Available through Amazon Worldwide

Stratusphunk: The Life and Works of George Russell By Dr. Duncan Heining Available through Amazon Worldwide

Stratusphunk is the story of remarkable musician and a remarkable man. Through his ideas and music, composer, theorist and musician George Russell joins the dots in modern jazz from bebop, though modal and free jazz and into jazz rock. It is hard to imagine another artist, who was both so influential but also so misunderstood. For ...

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Article: Profile

The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake

Read "The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake" reviewed by Duncan Heining


There have been few American composers and musicians, with the ability to encapsulate their country's music in all its racial and ethnic complexity. We might perhaps point to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and perhaps, in their own distaff ways, Harry Partch and Steve Reich. In jazz, their number is fewer still--Duke Ellington and George ...

Article: Album Review

Ran Blake: Chabrol Noir

Read "Chabrol Noir" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Notoriamente appassionato di cinema, Ran Blake ci regala una delle sue opere più significative e appassionate esplorando l'universo di uno dei suoi grandi amori, Claude Chabrol, di cui fin dalla copertina, scopertamente hitchcockiana, il disco rievoca abilmente l'universo espressivo. L'album ha come persino scontato filo conduttore il pianoforte di Blake, senza accompagnamento alcuno ...

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Article: Album Review

Daniel Herskedal and Marius Neset: Neck Of The Woods

Read "Neck Of The Woods" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Saxophonist Marius Neset and tubist Daniel Herskedal have crafted an unusual and fascinating debut album, combining their chosen instruments and occasionally, the human voice, to create some atmospheric and intriguing sound-worlds on Neck Of The Woods.Although both musicians are Norwegian, the pair met while studying at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, an institution ...

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Reeds and Keys

Label: Jazz Friends Productions
Released: 2003

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[Balaena]

Label: Jazz Friends Productions
Released: 2000
Track listing: Pie Crust; Cable Waltz; Blues Work; Song For Pres; Blues In Fourths; Balaena; Blues A Hoy; In Walked Bish. (Total Time: 74:31)

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Balaena

Label: Jazz Friends Productions
Released: 2000
Track listing: Pie Crust; Cable Waltz; Blues Work; Song For Pres; Blues in Fourths; Balaena; Blues a Hoy; In Walked Bish

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Article: Album Review

Ricky Ford: [Balaena]

Read "[Balaena]" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Heldentenor Veteran Tenorist Rick Ford debuts of Jazz Friends with a solid live set supported by a truly all-star rhythm section of George Cables; Cecil McBee, and Ed Thigpen. This release is made up of mostly extended pieces where Ford shows his depth and breadth form Dexter Gordon passing through Sonny Rollins on his way to ...


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