Truth

Truth

by Robben Ford
     
 

Robben Ford's been a full-time bluesman for over a decade now, but the veteran guitarist's past musical exploits always promise something more interesting than the average southside shuffle. Ford was a founding member of the Yellowjackets, and while he left the band before their terminal slide into smoothness, he drops more than a few jazzy hints along with his crisp… See more details below

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Robben Ford's been a full-time bluesman for over a decade now, but the veteran guitarist's past musical exploits always promise something more interesting than the average southside shuffle. Ford was a founding member of the Yellowjackets, and while he left the band before their terminal slide into smoothness, he drops more than a few jazzy hints along with his crisp bluesy licks. "Peace on My Mind" and "River of Soul" are the most atmospheric cuts, featuring loping rhythms reminiscent of the Pat Metheny Band. On the contrary, the crunching "There'll Never Be Another You" is propelled by a snaking rhythm -- drummer Charley Drayton, of Keith Richards' X-pensive Winos band, to thank -- that's got plenty of bark and bite. Other highlights include his duet with Susan Tedeschi, on a bluesy remake of Paul Simon's "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor," and a powerful, horn-laden take on "Nobody's Fault But Mine."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Robben Ford is at that stage in his career when he needs to make a decision. It's been well established for decades that he is one of the truly great guitar players out there. He has mastered the many styles placed in front of him and bitten off and chewed more. But that doesn't necessarily mean he is a great songwriter; he's not, and that's painfully obvious on Truth. Perhaps the best that can be said about this recording is that it is the work of a very competent bandleader and producer who happens to play one hell of a mean guitar. It also features fine performances from organist Larry Goldings and bassist Will Lee, and guest appearances from Susan Tedeschi (whose soulful voice literally saves a cover of Paul Simon's "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor") and Bernie Worrell (on "Riley B. King"). That said, Ford's songs are rather tired, generic, and unidentifiable except for his guitar playing and Goldings' amazing organ playing when he appears on one (though a notable exception to this is the midnight blue protest tune "Peace on My Mind"). His singing voice hasn't gotten any better with the years. He can hold a tune, but it's as if there isn't anything there. His choosing to cover Otis Redding's classic "Nobody's Fault But Mine" was a terrible mistake, as anyone who has ever heard the original would attest. If you are a Ford fan, you no doubt look forward to more of his playing and it's here; if you're not, and know nothing about the man, there is little here to recommend this set. Ford should pull a Tiger Woods and break everything he knows down and begin again; he has too much talent to simply coast like this. This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0888072302341
catalogNumber:
30234
Rank:
32913

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Performance Credits

Robben Ford   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Bernie Worrell   Wurlitzer
Larry Goldings   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Charley Drayton   Drums
Bernie Dresel   Drums
Russell Ferrante   Piano
Dan Fornero   Trumpet
Will Lee   Bass,Bass Guitar
Gary Novak   Drums
David Woodford   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Babko   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Jimmy Earl   Bass,Bass Guitar
Susan Tedeschi   Vocals
Chris Chaney   Bass,Bass Guitar
Toss Panos   Drums
Ken Stacey   Background Vocals
David "Woody" Woodford   Baritone Saxophone
Dave 'Woody' Woodfrod   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Fornero   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Otis Redding   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Robben Ford   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Roger Kellaway   Horn Arrangements
Niko Bolas   Engineer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Dave Way   Engineer
Anne Kerry Ford   Composer
Danny Flowers   Composer
Gabriel Ford   Composer
Ken Eros   Engineer

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