R&B, Blues, Soul & Stax

Blues That Groove

28 AUG 09 DAVID VIENNA

Robben Ford's diverse influences and storied career helped him create a playing style that seamlessly blends blues, funk, R&B, rock and even jazz. He is at his most impressive when bringing these varied elements together live. His latest release, Soul On Ten, captures that strange alchemy on live tracks recorded during two performances at The Independent in San Francisco.

Ford's road-tested band, which includes Neal Evans from the funky trio Soulive on the B-3, delivers a solid set of songs that leans heavily on the blues with a few eclectic touches, like the groovy bass solo on "Nothin' To Nobody."

There are some original compositions as well as a few covers of old school blues romps such as Willie Dixon's "Spoonful" and a medley of Elmore James' "Please Set a Date" and Jimmy Reed's "You Don't Have To Go." The disc also features to studio tracks, "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" and "Thoughtless." Both offer a laid-back groove that serves as a smooth landing for a the previous flight of gritty blues.

You can check out a video of the album's opening cut "Supernatural" here. Also, Ford has a few live dates coming up at the end of the year.

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