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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 (August 7, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B000RPSVQ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On his latest release, guitar legend Robben Ford speaks the truth...not just with the sound of his guitar, but with the vision behind his music as he ventures deep into the blues with aggressive lice, direct and honest vocals and an uncharacteristic, yet appealing, rough edge. The CD also features Susan Tedeschi on the song One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor. Robben will be on tour throughout the Month of August 2007.

Not to be confused with Jeff Beck's identically titled 1968 album of crackling blues-rock fusion, this disc incorporates Robben Ford's unique blend of blues and jazz, but not rock. His first studio outing in four years shoehorns his traditionally biting, incisive-yet-clean guitar licks into songs that can't easily be pigeonholed. The opening easygoing Chicago shuffle of "Lateral Climb" is about as bluesy as it gets. The tune kick-starts the proceedings with a blazing solo that will have guitar fans salivating that this is finally the release where Ford opens up on his instrument. But the set shifts into a distinctive blend of R&B, jazz, smooth blues, and pop that displays the multitalented musician's strengths as a supple, subtle, and inviting vocalist as well as an intermittently skillful songwriter. A taut cover of Otis Redding's "Nobody's Fault but Mine" finds Ford mining a Memphis groove, as does the gospel-tinted "You're Gonna Need a Friend," cowritten with his wife. "Too Much" features an ominous plodding beat that never quite connects until the slashing solo, and the less said about the clichéd B.B. King tribute "Riley B. King" (cowritten with Keb' Mo') the better. But a rousing version of Paul Simon's "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor" with Susan Tedeschi hits the soulful sweet spot Ford occasionally misses with the sporadically bland, yet agreeably jazzy fare that dominates this eclectic project's final third. --Hal Horowitz

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling. April 26, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Blues guitarist, Robben Ford (Yellowjackets), has a new album on Concord Records titled "Truth".
The blues will never die is an axiom proven over and over again, but it does change shape.
Robben Ford's latest release presents blues as they are today: in a powerful setting only a master veteran like Ford could envision.
"The blues have always been socio-political", says Ford.
In the opening song "Lateral Climb", he addresses the 9 to 5 grind, credit card debt, and the political frustrations we all experience.
"Peace on My Mind" was inspired by Willie Dixon's "It Don't Make Sense, You Can't Make Peace", which Ford describes as an anti-war song without being too preachy.
"If you're pointing the finger, no one wants to hear it. It's a portrait rather than a sermon. The truths I describe are self evident"
In this set, Ford also incorporates playful tunes, like "You're Gonna Need a Friend", co-written by his wife and singer Anne Kerry Ford.
In it, Ford subverts blues clichés, such as the evil lady who bedevils her victim.
Other tracks on the album include a funky cover of Paul Simon's "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor", which features guest vocals by Susan Tedeschi, as well as loyal version of Otis Redding's early B-Side, "Nobody's Fault But Mine".
This is an album from a jazz electric guitarist that has a splash of soul, a pinch of R & B and a dash of jazz.
All of these genres mixed together form a musical brew that will enthrall listeners, and Ford's emotive lyrics will put the poignant feeling over the top.
My favoutite tracks are : "Riley B. King", which has bluesier guitar work with a slow pace, "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man Floor" (on which Susan Tedeschi, with her soulful voice literally saves a cover of Paul Simon's song ) and "River Of Soul".
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You will like it for sure!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey, it ain't Zeppelin, but... November 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I gave this record 4 stars, because it isn't quite the tour-de-force that you find on "Tiger Walk"(instrumental with the "Expensive Winos") or "Blue Moon" (return to roots-my current favorite).

The fact is that Robben has a diverse set of influences, (as do I). Miles didn't hire the man for no reason.

"Truth" is exactly what I expected. The soulful playing, top-notch recording, and back-up musicians don't wane, and he has consistently been able to look forward, driving progressive blues, and still tip his hat to those that inspire him, with choice covers ("Badge" and "Money" from "Keep on Running", Otis Redding and Paul Simon here). His homage to BB King here is absolutely heart-felt.

I firmly believe that Robben Ford is as good a "traditional" guitarist as there is in the marketplace today, and he makes the effort on his solo projects to keep himself reliable, fresh, and entertaining for his followers, while working to expand and revive the blues, and, further, open the ears of all that choose to harken. He incessantly eschews chops for a melody and a theme, but his note choice at any moment will make your head turn.

If you care to hear him get down deeper, check out Jing Chi, with Vinnie Colaiuta (Zappa, Sting, Holdsworth) and Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets). Three feet required.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb August 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have never written a review before - until now. Handful of Blues first introduced me to Robben Ford, and I never thought anything would ever surpass it. Truth just did. It is honest, smooth, and fluid. A most mature and at ease performance. Thanks Robben.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not his best but still terrific. November 11, 2007
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Robben has all kinds of different influences and unlike some other "fusion" players, he really does know how to play real jazz. The result is distinctive. Can you think of anyone else who sounds like Robben Ford? And when you see him, he never plays the same solo twice. He doesn't have to.

I'm not sure he will ever top his performances with the Blue Line or on Talk To Your Daughter but there is a lot to like on Truth. From funky Lateral Climb to the sweet Riley B. King and my favorite, River of Soul which sounds like Steely Dan with a good guitar player. He even sings well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funky, soulful, high quality blues! August 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Robben Ford `Truth' CD review; Concord Records
Mr. Ford is widely recognized by critics and his musical peers for his always fresh and extremely tasty guitar playing, his musical career reads like a who's who, recording and touring with a vast array of artists; Charlie Musselwhite, Joni Mitchell, Tom Scott, The Yellowjackets, Mavis Staples, Georgie Fame, Boz Scaggs, Ben Sidran, George Harrison, John Mayall, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, and many more!

For many years it has been said that the blues will never die, but it does change and needs to grow to remain fresh. Robben Ford's latest Concord Records release, "Truth" (August 7, 2007) is definitely twenty-first century modern blues; performed smart and powerfully on Robben's third recording for Concord. All but one track included are originals, with the only cover being the dynamite reading of the Otis Redding B-side "Nobody's Fault But Mine."

`Truth' starts off favorably with the opening track "Lateral Climb", as Robben discusses the working people's daily grind, and world political frustrations and failures. Other highlights include "You're Gonna Need a Friend", which is infectiously funky and was also co-written by his wife and singer Anne Kerry Ford. Robben also pays his respect to the King of the Blues- B.B. King; on `Riley B. King" which boils very sweetly for over six minutes, and never attempts to imitate or replicate B.B's guitar playing or singing, thus showing off Robben's heart-felt appreciation of B.B. The only guest on `Truth' is Susan Tedeschi where the two beautifully meld together in a duet setting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lateral Climb Makes the Disc
I'm a fan of Robben Ford. I think his playing style is superb, his tone is awesome. The production qualities of "Truth" (to my ears at least) were more than adequate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Glaviano
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I have come to really love Robben Ford. This is a great one with some really nice original tunes on it as well. You can't go wrong.
Published 9 months ago by KnifemakerJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Robben Ford
Robben Ford is a guitar legend. He has his own style. Blues, hard rock, or a little jazz type solos are his way of showing off his ability. Read more
Published 19 months ago by cedeeman
4.0 out of 5 stars Robben Ford's best vocal album
I think that "Truth" really captures all of Robben Ford's talents in a way that no previous record has done. First of all, the songs are strong throughout. Read more
Published 21 months ago by ethersea
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Blues
This is exactly what I was looking for. Great Blues and great rythm. I'm very pleased with this selection and look forward to the next.
Published 22 months ago by Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicken soup
I have almost all Robben Ford albums - yes there are many(!). I put this on and it was like chicken soup for the soul. Read more
Published 23 months ago by RonnieB
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth is a must have for Robben Ford fans
One of the best - if you're a fan you must have this album. It stands the test of time and every other test as well.
Published on October 7, 2009 by B. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet smooth soulful rock and blues
Caught Robben live a few weeks ago, what a great live show Robben & his band put on! So I looked for a record, not having any Robben yet, and chose this based on the samples and... Read more
Published on April 24, 2009 by James Prial
5.0 out of 5 stars Robben Ford's best yet!
This is Robben's best effort yet, every song is great, playing is top notch and Robben is at his finest, Highly recommended.
Published on March 5, 2009 by Muiracane
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so Effort from Robben
I own everything that Robben has released, and this set of songs just does not move me very much. It's well-performed, as always. But it's not ground breaking in any way. Read more
Published on October 24, 2008 by Georgia Guitarist
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