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Bringing It Back Home Import

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GRAMMY NOMINATED GUITAR VIRTUOSO ROBBEN FORD RETURNS TO HIS BLUES ROOTS WITH NEW RELEASE ON PROVOGUE RECORDS/MASCOT LABEL GROUP.

Bringing It Back Home's all-star line-up features organist Larry Goldings, drummer Harvey Mason, bassist David Piltch and trombonist Steve Baxter.
Guitar giant Robben Ford's new album Bringing It Back Home is a stunning study in soul, style and virtuosity that cuts to the heart with its exceptional, emotion-laden musicianship. The disc also brings the five-time Grammy nominated stage and studio legend back to his earliest roots as a performer, playing blues.

Ford, who Musician magazine called one of the '100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century,' developed his reputation in the jazz and pop world of the 1970s and '80s as a solo artist, a member of the ground-breaking fusion group L.A. Express and a sideman with Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and others. But he emerged from northern California in the '60s as part of the Charles Ford Blues Band. In that group formed with his brothers and named after their father he supported blues legends Jimmy Witherspoon and Charlie Musselwhite, getting a hands-on education in the style.

Bringing It Back Home revisits and reshapes the roots of Ford's first musical love. The guitar kingpin selected 10 tunes from the blues canon, ranging from early Delta pioneer Charley Patton's 'Bird s Nest Bound' to Bob Dylan's 'You Go Your Way and I Go Mine,' and, along with a hand-picked team of A-list players, crafted dynamic, new and highly original arrangements for each song in the studio.

'Bringing It Back Home is the album I really wanted to make right now,' Ford relates. 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.

'My goal was to be effortless and honest,' he continues, 'and that's exactly what happened. It was extremely liberating. Rarely do you achieve the vision you had for an album when you'd conceived it. Typically you bring in other players who have different perspectives, and maybe if you're lucky you get something similar to your original vision. But with Bringing It Back Home everything fell seamlessly into place.

The brilliantly economical version of 'Bird's Nest Bound' that begins the set realizes another of Ford's goals for the disc: to wed the blues' oldest rural roots with the more urban sound of classic soul as exemplified by Memphis' historic Stax Records label.

Ford was inspired to record the song after hearing a version by one of Patton s inheritors, country bluesman Bukka White, on a compilation. 'The way we approached 'Bird's Nest Bound' made its emotions very different from those early recordings, adding the textured depth and nuance that's part of soul music,' Ford says. That's reflected in Fords' sweet, keening vocal delivery and the sparse interplay of his warm-toned guitar and Larry Goldings' subtle organ shadings.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 19, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mascot Label Group
  • ASIN: B00AJLHULW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is different from anything else he's ever recorded... and why shouldn't it be? If you want the burning blue line era albums... go back and listen to that. You have to grow as an artist. This album is unique in that it was recorded entirely on the neck pickup of the epiphone pictured on the cover and has stand up bass instead of electric bass on it. Beautiful tones and playing. Instead of burning like on some of the earlier albums... Robben shows how the use of taste and space can make beautiful music. Its not complicated. But its great great music. I wish he would have wrote more tunes for the album but Im not gonna complain. The only original "Oh Virginia" is much like Riley B King from truth but better. This is the jazziest and most diverse album Robben has done to date. Theres funky blues, blues rock, new orleans blues, ballad blues, and jazz. Pick it up. You won't be disappointed.
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I can't say I've been too keen on Robben Ford in the past, he's obviously a very capable guitarist but for me he's always lacked that extra something to take him to the next level. However, I do quite like this album, I think it has a good overall feel and most of the tracks seem to hang together, with Robben's guitar and vocals taking centre stage but with the keyboards of Larry Goldings and trombonist (!) Steve Baxter also adding to the mix, together with the rhythm section of Harvey Mason and David Piltch. It's certainly a diverse selection of songs, from Charley Patton's "Bird's Nest Bound" to Bob Dylan's "Most Likely You Go Your Way" to Allen Toussaint's "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky" but Robben and the band manage to meld them all to their jazzy style. Although he apparently used only one guitar on the session, the 1963 Epiphone Riviera shown on the cover which he kept on the 'rhythm' pickup, his guitar playing certainly sounds good throughout and he can dig in for solos when required. I wasn't too keen on the instrumental "On That Morning" which I thought was overlong and I thought that the old Charles Brown song "Fool's Paradise" was a bit too slick but the rest of the songs I thought were nice and varied, with my favourites being "Oh Virginia" and "Fairchild"
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...and if you're not, just buy it and you'll probably become one. A slight departure overall from the most recent efforts, which were a little heavier and diverse. This one finds a groove and sticks with it for the most part. More of a theme album. Even the guitar tone and playing is meant to be simpler and more consistent throughout, which works just fine in this atmosphere. I've heard that Robben stuck to the same basic setup/settings (mainly a vintage Epi Sheraton set to the neck mini-humbucker only). Nice selection of vintage tunes, mostly just off the beaten blues/rock path, but all contributing a to a warm, inviting "take your shoes off and turn down the lights feeling". Music for adults and those who are perhaps old at heart in all the right ways. Give it a try, artists like Robben are rare today and need our support.
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If your lookin for smokin" & "rockin" progressive blues/jazz, this is not for you. Though the muscianship is superb and the retro 'back home' of Robbens' early jazz roots is quite interesting, this is just not for me.
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I am surprised at some of the more negative reviews of this album, for I feel the exact opposite. I have played this CD no less than four times today alone and I dearly love it. Yes, it's "covers" but so what? There is nothing wrong with that for, I have always enjoyed discovering covers that I wind up liking better than the originals.

Robben's guitar playing and his vocals are as clean and pure as can be. If you're looking for fuzz, distortion and screaming, then this is not the album for you. If you are looking for purity, with class and style, then this is the album for you. I would be remiss if I left out kudos for the B3 and stand up bass as well, just first class all the way!
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One big problem for those reputed to be "guitar heroes" is that the demonstration of chops and the focus on the guitar does not necessarily make for good musicianship. Consequently, many "guitar albums" have tendencies to the unmusical and masturbatory.

Robben Ford's saving grace is that after a stellar career he has nothing much left to prove. He is therefore freed up to leave behind the guitar slinger's concerns, focus on songs he likes without the need to present original materials and record with an ensemble where he shares the spotlight with other musicians. In any given song, the focus may be on the organ, or some of the tastiest licks may come from the trombone. His playing may be as astounding as ever but never gets in the way of either the music or the band's collective effort.

The result is a jazzy blues that may not impress with pyrotechnics (although they crop up enough to show a master at play) but delivers a relaxed, fun and atmospheric (or groovy, if you prefer) set of extremely listenable tunes. So if music is the primary concern, this is a good one! If breath-taking guitar stunts is the focus of one's attention, there are plenty others of Robben's efforts that will fit the bill a lot better (his "Unplugged" collaboration with Larry Carlton just being the most recent of many examples).
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