Robben Ford, Friday, February 22, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
“Few blues guitarists have tones as sweet as Robben Ford’s.” – San Francisco Chronicle
One of the premier blues guitarists of today, Robben Ford can bend a note with staggering dynamics. This five-time Grammy nominee can count Miles Davis, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell amongst collaborators. Named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musician Magazine, Ford continues to amaze with each new album. His newest offering is Bringing It Back Home, which revisits and reshapes ten blues chestnuts. It’s a study in soul, style and virtuosity, with Ford exhibiting his deep roots in the blues as few guitarists can.
Ford first emerged from northern California in the ’60s as part of the Charles Ford Blues Band. That group – formed with his brothers and named after their father – quickly graduated from playing school dances to clubs to eventually supporting harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite and powerhouse vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon on festival stages across the nation.
In subsequent years Ford performed with Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Phil Lesh and a host of others. By the time he joined Miles Davis’ group in the eighties, he’d developed a signature approach based on an axis of blues and jazz mastery. Career as a sideman aside, he also launched his solo career which includes eight albums, four live recordings, three discs with his group the Blue Line and nine albums with the Ford Brothers.
The new album Bringing It Back Home’s all-star line-up features organist Larry Goldings, drummer Harvey Mason, bassist David Piltch and trombonist Steve Baxter. It’s a stunning display of soul, style and virtuosity that cuts to the heart with its emotion-laden musicianship. This album also brings the guitar slinger back to his earliest roots as a performer playing the blues and includes 10 favorite tunes he’s selected from the blues canon. “Bringing It Back Home is the album I really wanted to make right now,” says Ford. “I wanted to apply my perspective to the music that first moved me, get together with a group of great musicians and play what we were inspired to play at that moment, without any pressure or expectations. The results are really pure, and the most fun I’ve had making an album in years.”
DATE: Friday, February 22, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
Mascot Label Group
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