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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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Article: Profile

Jazz Honors The Beatles

Read "Jazz Honors The Beatles" reviewed by AAJ Staff


All About Jazz is honoring The Fab Four in the year of the 60th anniversary of the release of their first album (Please Please Me). This collective tribute was originally published in September 2009--as a living document, we'll add more quotes & stories over time (see how-to in comments section). We also compiled a companion playlist ...

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Article: The Big Question

How Do You Rate Miles Davis’ Music, On Record and Live, In The 1980s?

Read "How Do You Rate Miles Davis’ Music, On Record and Live, In The 1980s?" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The release of The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: That's What Happened 1982-1985 invites renewed reflection on Miles Davis' music in the 1980s. A few tracks aside, these studio outtakes from the recording sessions that produced Star People (Columbia, 1983), Decoy (Columbia, 1984) and You're Under Arrest (Columbia, 1985) don't amount to a whole heap of beans, ...

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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.

Album

Blooz

Label: MESA/Bluemoon
Released: 2022
Track listing: Preach; Side Hustle; Carlos En Siete; Time Enough At Last; Fat Back; Rage Cage; Robben's Hood; One G and Two J's; Stranger Danger; Whitewalls and Big Fins; This and That; Sorry Not Sorry.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The release of Proto Cosmos from the late Allan Holdsworth, plus Mark Lettieri and Gillaume Barroud

Read "The release of Proto Cosmos from the late Allan Holdsworth, plus Mark Lettieri and Gillaume Barroud" reviewed by Len Davis


The release of Proto Cosmos from the late Allan Holdsworth. New music from Mark Lettieri, Billy Cobham and Sixun. World music from Dhafer Youssef and Guillaume Barraud, from Melbourne The JaimZ Project.Playlist Allan Holdsworth “Looking Glass" from Proto Cosmos (Blue Canoe) 00:00 Robben Ford-Bill Evans sax “Passaic" from Common Ground (MPS/Edel Music) 05:36 Robert ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From Spain, Brazil And France, Plus Robert Walter, Robben Ford & Bill Evans

Read "New Music From Spain, Brazil And France, Plus Robert Walter, Robben Ford & Bill Evans" reviewed by Len Davis


Scott McGill , Cosmic Farm Bill Connors and Steve Kimock. Plus new releases from Robben Ford & Bill Evans and Robert Walter. Playlist Shob “Charpie" from Voraces (Self Produced) 00:00 Commodore “Arriba y Abajo-en Vivo" from Commodore-En Vivo (Brabacam) 06:03 Neural Code “For All" from Neural Code (Self Produced) 12:08 {Scott McGill “Bamboo ...

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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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