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Robben Ford

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In the 1960s, long before pop artists were backed by the generic, computer-based accompaniment that is commonplace today, singers often recorded with formidable house bands, including Booker T. & the MG’s and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. The former band came together at Stax records in Memphis, laying down timeless grooves on hits by artists like Otis Redding, Albert King, and Carla Thomas. The latter group based in Muscle Shoals, as well as New York and Nashville, enhanced such classic tracks as Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally,” and Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome.” Growing up in the ’60s, a teenaged Robben Ford spent countless hours listening to artists like Aretha and Otis, at the same time soaking in guitar blues from Mike Bloomfield, Eric Clapton, and B.B

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Common Ground

Label: MPS
Released: 2022
Track listing: Ever Ready Sunday; Crabshaw Don’t Care; Sentimental Mood; Hearts of Havana; Common Ground; Passaic; Stanley; Dennis Menace; The Little Boxer.

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News: Recording

Robben Ford and Bill Evans New Album 'Common Ground' Out On September 30th On MPS

Robben Ford and Bill Evans New Album 'Common Ground' Out  On September 30th On MPS

MPS is proud to announce the release of the newest project by Robben Ford and Bill Evans, called Common Ground on September 30th, 2022. The multiple times Grammy nominees Ford and Evans have shared the stage in Europe, North America and even Japan and already released a collaborative album called The Sun Room together in 2019 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sisters from Another Jazz Mother? Part 2

Read "Sisters from Another Jazz Mother? Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


You know how scientists say that, statistically, every person has roughly six look-alikes around the world? Well the same seems to be true in the music world, where one can find quite a few songs that appear to be sound-alikes of other compositions we're familiar with... This does not have to be necessarily the result of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ryan Lerman Of Scary Pockets On Trusting The Process And Viral Fame

Read "Ryan Lerman Of Scary Pockets On Trusting The Process And Viral Fame" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Ryan Lerman has a few tricks up his sleeve. Best known as the co-founder of Scary Pockets, a dynamic funk band from LA who came to prominence on YouTube, Ryan is also an accomplished singer songwriter, bassist, arranger and producer. Here he talks about his happy place ("in the middle of business thinking and artistry"), what ...

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I've Got News For You: The Music of Edgar Winter

Label: Sky Cat Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: I Hate Everybody; Tobacco Road; Peace Pipe; All Out; A Different Game; Dying to Live; Jump Right Out; Entrance; Where Have You Gone; Rise to Fall; Fire and Ice; Hung Up; Back in the Blues; Re-Entrance; You Are My Sunshine; I've Got News For You.

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Pure

Label: Ear
Released: 2021
Track listing: Pure (Prelude); White Rock Beer…8 cents; Balafon; Milam Palmo; Go; Blues For Lonnie Johnson; A Dragon's Tail; Pure; If You Want Me To.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

When Jazz Pops, Part 2

Read "When Jazz Pops, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Ornette Coleman playing for Lou Reed? Or the Sun Ra Arkestra together with Steven Bernstein's Sexmob Orchestra backing U2 courtesy of Hal Willner? And Kenny Wheeler collaborating with both David Sylvian and Joni Mitchell? This and many more fascinating collaborations between jazz masters and pop and rock musicians in this playlist.Happy listening!Playlist ...

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News: Recording

The Ed Palermo Big Band Releases A Blues-Rich Tribute To The Music Of Edgar Winter

The Ed Palermo Big Band Releases A Blues-Rich Tribute To The Music Of Edgar Winter

The Ed Palermo Big Band Delivers an Entrancing Tribute to Legendary Texas Blues/Jazz Multi-Instrumentalist Edgar Winter with I’ve Got News For You: The Music of Edgar Winter. An Instrumental and Vocal Tour de Force, the Sky Cat Records Release Features Palermo’s Swaggering 17-Piece Jazz Orchestra Joyfully Conjuring a Soul-filled, Blues-Drenched Sound. For acclaimed jazz big band ...

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Article: Album Review

Robben Ford: Pure

Read "Pure" reviewed by Doug Collette


It's only fitting guitarist Robben Ford assigns a closeup of his chosen instrument to the cover of Pure. His devotion to the axe is at least equal to, if not greater than, the ardor he elicits from fretboard fanatics. But then that's a deserved devotion as the man demonstrates in less than two minutes at the ...


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