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Over the years many people have asked, "Will the real Robben Ford please stand up?" Those are the people who wonder if the singer/guitarist is really a blues-rock vocalist or a jazz fusion instrumentalist at heart. But truth be told, Ford is many different things. He is genuinely eclectic, which is why one never really knows from one album to the next what direction he will take. Blue Moon, Ford's first album for Concord Jazz, is primarily a vocal date. Ford gets in his share of inspired guitar solos, and he provides one instrumental: the gutsy "Indianola." But most of the time he sings. And as a vocalist, he favors an exciting blend of blues, rock, and soul on tracks like "Something for the Pain," "Don't Deny Your Love," and "The Way You Treated Me (You're Gonna Be Sorry)." Meanwhile, "It Don't Make Sense (You Can't Make Peace)" and the moody "Make Me Your Only One" are among the CD's more jazz-tinged vocal offerings. Ford does not embrace a standard 12-bar blues format on all of the material, but then, he never claimed to be a blues purist. Ford isn't a blues purist any more than he is a rock purist, a jazz purist, or an R&B purist -- he is much too restless and broad-minded to be any type of purist. That isn't good news if you only like one type of music, but it is very good news if you share Ford's eclectic outlook and have admired his diversity over the years. Ford was in his late forties when he recorded Blue Moon in the early 2000s, and this pleasing CD is the work of a musician who is still very much on top of his game.
Performance CreditsRobben Ford Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Roscoe Beck Bass
Tom Brechtlein Drums
Julie Christensen Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Russell Ferrante Synthesizer,Piano
Neil Larsen Organ,Piano
Lou Pardini Background Vocals
Lee Thornburg Trombone,Trumpet
David Woodford Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Earl Bass
Technical CreditsLittle Walter Composer
Robben Ford Producer
John Burk Executive Producer
Walter New Producer,Engineer
Jimmy Earl Programming,Producer,drum programming
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Michael James Remixing
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have played Blues and Rock Guitar for years and it never ceases to amaze me how many fellow guitarists listen to Robben lay down a track of simple, yet sophisticated riffs and wonder how he gets it done. A friend asked me once which song I would want to be listening to while driving my car out of control on a windy mountain road and the answer was immediate - "Indianola". The tone he produces and his selection of note runs are beyond peer. I had not thought much of Robben vocally, but, his voice pairs well with his instrumentation. Both his voice and style of play have worn well over the years. His "Mystic Mile" track called "He Don't Play Nothin' But The Blues" is brilliant. And I can only imagine Clapton sitting back and smiling after hearing Ford's solo on "Badge" from the "Keep On Running" collection. I look forward to future new releases and I always perk up when I run accross an old CD of his that had gotten filed away somewhere. He definately inspires me to practice more passionately.
MORE BLUES THAN ROCK AND ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS I HAVE HERD THE TONE OF HIS GUITAR IS OUT OF THI WORLD BUY IT