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Discovering the Blues

Robben FordAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John ... Read more in Amazon's Robben Ford Store

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  • Audio CD (April 15, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Avenue Records
  • ASIN: B0000033ZD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sweet Sixteen
2. You Drive A Hard Bargain
3. It's My Own Fault
4. You Don't Know What Love Is
5. My Time After Awhile
6. Raining In My Heart
7. Blue And Lonesome

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(1972 'Avenue Jazz') (60:21/07) Bislang unveröffentlichte kalifornische Liveaufnahmen in perfekter Qualität. Musikalisch liegt die Betonung auf ausgedehnten Gitarren-Improvisationen / previously unrleased live recordings in perfect quality, a great showcase for Robben. ROBBEN FORD - gtr/sax/voc, PAUL NAGLE - kbd, STAN POPLIN - bass, JIM BAUM - drumsMedium 1
  1. Sweet Sixteen
  2. You Drive A Hard Bargain
  3. It's My Own Fault
  4. You Don't Know What Love Is
  5. My Time After Awhile
  6. Raining In My Heart
  7. Blue And Lonesome

This powerhouse set of live recordings from early in Robben Ford's distinguished career boasts solo-laden 10-minute-plus versions of B.B. King's "Sweet Sixteen" and John Lee Hooker's "It's My Own Fault." Ford, who has worked with Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, and George Harrison, plays surprisingly sweet, agile saxophone on Don Raye's jazz ballad "You Don't Know What Love Is." His voice--if still that of a very young man--is throaty and melodic on the King and Hooker cuts. But it's his guitar that takes centerstage. Owing heaps to electric bluesmen B.B., Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Albert King, and Mike Bloomfield, Ford's rich tone, deliberate lines, and tuneful bends were world-class even in 1972. --James Rotondi

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Young Robben Plays It Slow And Simmering January 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This collection of old live cuts by Robben Ford is the first of two releases on Avenue Jazz's new Vault Classics label (the second is 1999's Sunrise). Recordings were culled from performances at the Ash Grove in Hollywood, and the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach (both in California) back in 1972. At the very green age of 20 or 21, Robben displays unbelievable ability on both guitar and sax. Though he would certainly improve over the years, his mastery of the guitar in particular should be painfully evident to even the most jaded listener. Tone; control; phrasing; technique; it's all there, albeit in its embryonic form.
Though there is one cut that sheds light on Robben's jazz side (You Don't Know What Love Is), the selections on this release focus almost exclusively on Robben playing the blues (thus the title!). Curiously most of the tracks chosen are slow blues. This is certainly not a horrible thing, but it does in my opinion make the pacing lag quite a bit (this is a 60 minute CD and 42 minutes are devoted to slow blues). Also, because this isn't a one off performance, but rather pieces of several performances, Robben starts two of these off with the very same lick (hey, the guy IS human)! All that aside, this is a great opportunity to hear vintage Ford playing live. I absolutely applaud Avenue Jazz for unearthing these gems and hope there're many more to come.

For those of you looking for details, the lineup Robben used was: Paul Nagle on keyboards, Stan Poplin on bass, and Jim Baum on drums. Times on the tracks are: Sweet Sixteen (12:33); You Drive A Hard Bargain (5:42); It's My Own Fault (10:28); You Don't Know What Love Is (8:49); My Time After Awhile (3:34); Raining In My Heart (10:33); and Blue & Lonesome (8:25).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars! July 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I decided one day to buy this on a whim even though I never heard his stuff before. Boy am I glad I took that risk.
With A+ guitar playing like this, you'd think somebody would paint "Robben is God" on a building somewhere. I'd rank this CD right along with all of those blues-guitar masters like T-Bone Walker, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy. This album isn't just Robben showing off what he can do on the guitar; he also shows what he can do on the saxophone in the awesomely-done cover of "You don't know what Love is". Great hardcore blues; listen to it over and over.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very underrated guitar slinger September 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I like to think of Robben Ford as the flip side of Jimi Hendrix. If Jimi hit you like a dump truck full of cement, Robben slices your soul like red hot piano wire. He's always in control, always perfectly phrased. He revs it up and slows it down with perfect precision. The sad thing is that most people like his later stuff with short solos and more cheezy songs. If you listen to a guitar player, why not listen to an album like this, or Robben in the Charles Ford band, where he lets loose? Robben is a blues guitar player. That means he's at the height of his powers playing straight blues like this, *not* cheezy jazz like Tiger Walk. Robben is truly, truly, one of the great all-time blues guitar players, as good as SRV. This is one of the only recordings that proves it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you had heard it back then September 27, 2002
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You would have seen it coming. This guy is the most tasteful and enjoyable guitarist to listen to today. This is basic stuff compared to his current work. However, it is still a blast to listen to. I am buying everything by Ford.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blue guitar lecture November 14, 2001
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First of all I have to admit that I've always been a Robben Ford fan. Having said that, in my opinion, it is indisputable that this is a fantastic CD.
If you are a blues fan and you like "blue guitar" played the way it should be: intense, passionate and with great feeling; if you think that slow blues are the real deal, do not hesitate and buy this CD! It is going to be your bliss for the foreseeable future.
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