"BRINGING IT BACK HOME"
The first song on guitar virtuoso Robben Ford’s new album, Bringing It Back Home, is entitled “Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky,” and he proceeds to live up to that promise on the ten cuts that follow.
One of the premier electric guitarists today and a five-time Grammy nominee, Ford is known for his blues playing and has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Bonnie Raitt, John Scofield, Greg Allman and Bob Dylan.
Bringing It Back Home is a study in soul, style and virtuosity that cuts to the heart with emotion-laden musicianship. The album’s supporting cast features organist Larry Goldings, drummer Harvey Mason, bassist David Piltch and trombonist Steve Baxter.
The album is a diverse selection of songs, from Charley Patton ("Bird's Nest Bound") to Bob Dylan ("Most Likely You Go Your Way And I’ll Go Mine") to Allen Toussaint (the aforementioned "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky") all nicely melded in a bluesy/jazzy style, with vocals that seamlessly connect with the material, providing a nice counterbalance to his musicianship that Ford makes look easy.
This album showcases Ford’s considerable skills as a bandleader and song interpreter, and is one you won’t want to miss.