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Handful of Blues

Robben FordAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Thumb
  • ASIN: B000003N5R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A well-rounded exploration of every shade of blues Ford does so well: Chicago-style ("When I Leave Here"), jump blues ("The Miller's Son"), jazz-blues balladry ("Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"), and Texas shuffle ("Tired of Talkin'"). Ford's buttery lines and burnished tone (and his boyish voice) are captured in all their glory by producer Danny Kortchmar. Solidly anchored by bassist Roscoe Beck and drummer Tom Brechtlein, Ford solos liberally, taking the fast funk of "Think Twice" over the top with a burning series of rapid-fire runs and well-tooled turnarounds. Slowing down for a languid version of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You," Ford plays it raw and soulful, recalling B.B. King. He then turns up the pace on "Strong Will to Live," closing out the album with a signature solo full of fire and drama. --James Rotondi

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Musician May 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
There probably are only a handful of guitarists that can truly be considered great. Robben is definitely on my short list of those guitarists. Creator of the Yellowjackets back in the late seventies, he's also toured as the guitarist for Miles Davis, Michael McDonald, and even Kiss (for twice scale). Robben has done a lot of studio work for other musicians as well.
"Handful of Blues" is a great album that displays his blues chops. Great foot-taping rhythms with complex soloing makes this album a must have. "Rugged Road" opens the album with a hard driving rhythm that sets the stage for the fifty minutes of music. Most of the songs are Robben originals with three covers, and one song written by Roscoe Beck. The only weakness to be found is in Robben's voice. It's not the deep, gravely voice one expects of the blues, but it doesn't distract from his music.
Robben is not the only musician of incredible talent on this album. He is backed by Roscoe Beck on bass and Tom Brechtlein on drums. His own brother, Mark Ford appears on several songs belting out notes on harmonica. If you like harmonica, check out "Running Out On Me". "The Miller's Son" is an instrumental where Robben and brother Mark pass the soloing off to one another. And don't miss the Willie Dixon cover of "I Just Want to Make Love to You."
If you love guitar, especially the blues, this is definitely a must have for your collection.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best unsung guitarists May 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I don't love all of Robben Ford's work, but this album is excellent. The creativity and talent of Ford's playing constantly amazes me, and every time I listen to it I hear something new. His version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is one of the best covers I've heard.
(And if you like Ford, don't miss Ronnie Earl!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!!!! November 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
One of the FEW,(Yes everyone you heard me right) blues based guitarists with the ability to play around chord changes, this disc is a dynamic, harmonious venture from this versatile guitarist. Lets face it. Any WHITE musician that unpacks with Miles Davis has got to be a quality musician. Robben is no exception as this disc proves. Great awareness, great writing, and great playing grace this disc from start to finish. Highlights include: "Rugged Road", a brilliant interpretation of The Animals classic, "Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Think Twice", "Strong Will To Live", "Top Of The Hill"(listen to how well he handles the chord changes in this track.....SRV eat your heart out!!) "Good Thing" in which his solo in this particular tune has got to be almost perfect. You can almost hear the crowd applauding after the solo closes.
Roscoe Beck, and Tom Brechtlein make a huge contribution to this disc as well, as does Pat Ford, Ricky Peterson and The Yellowjackets Russell Ferrante.
All in all the whole disc is a gas. Blues listeners should check out this disc and the rest of his discography. He is at the top of the blues genre.
Also recommend: The Charles Ford Band: "The Charles Ford Band"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robben is just great February 3, 2013
By Cperron
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed every Robben Ford cd I have owned. This is one of his best. I do believe his absolute greatest though is Tiger Walk. Guitar players can learn so much from Robben! He always cuts loose when he play swith the Blue Line though and this is very evident here throughout.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His pinnacle album July 9, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
His best and most cohesive release , his playing on this is phenomenal. Basing it on what he's released to date (and I own most), if you don't own any Robben Ford this is a great place to start. Can't go wrong with any of his albums with the Blue Line, but this is the best of the lot. I believe to date he peaked with this one. Definitely worth buying, and a classic that'll stand up twenty years from now. Although some may say Discovering the Blues is better, I think this has the edge, although the former is more a straight blues album then this one. I say buy both.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what tone! October 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
A great collection, one that shows a mature /focused sound;Robben's playing is so warm, and always distinctive.An abundance of tight jams- with a simpatico feel.This cd is highly valued!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robben's Best! March 31, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've heard all of his music, seen him live, etc. and this is his best
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of The Best. March 28, 2013
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If you want to hear Mr. Ford play great blues with some of the modal soloing that he became known for later this is a great place to start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I am a fan of Robben Ford this is well worth buying
Published 2 months ago by Scott Marks
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Robben Ford is amaster. I have always loved his playing, his style and his sound. In the car at home, it's always good to listen to Robben Ford. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bob Suter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blues!
Robben Ford for me is someone I can listen to all the time. Great song choices and an original spin on all.
Published 9 months ago by KnifemakerJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guitar Masterpiece: Robben is at the top of his game
This is one of those albums I just keep returning to over and over. There is so much gourmet guitar playing here - so tasty! Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. Su
5.0 out of 5 stars Track nine!!!!!!!
Forget hyperbole. This album has so many great tracks, but track number nine is one of those that your muso friends will refer to often when discussing all-time great... Read more
Published on January 2, 2009 by Rawdon M Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot licks
I play guitar and appreciate most kinds of music. This CD is a tremendous blend of blues, jazz and rock. Most of it is blues. Read more
Published on December 8, 2007 by T. mcginnis
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCKIN' ROBBEN
I don't play guitar but to me Robben is one of the best I have heard. I have been listening to him since I first heard him with Tom Scott and the L.A. Read more
Published on April 13, 2007 by Baddstuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Robben Ford One Hot Guitarist Returns in 1995!
Another very hot CD by the incredible guitarist Robben Ford made in 1995 and I highly recommend! After seeing Robben & Larry Carlton in Tokyo last January 2007 at the Blue Note... Read more
Published on March 10, 2007 by G. S. Bledsoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
Like a lot of people, I have found myself fast-forwarding through Robbin's vocal treatments just to get to the solos, but this is really a nice album, vocals and all. Read more
Published on June 14, 2006 by Brian Milam
5.0 out of 5 stars So incredible !!
Every time I hear him playing his guitar I am overwhelmed by his sensibility and his control of his emotions.This time the balance is so good.This is called SING LIKE TALKING. Read more
Published on June 24, 2004 by Sound Profiler
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