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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

earMUSIC artist: Robben Ford - Pure - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Pure, from Robben Ford and it's my favorite in years. This release is all instrumental and opens with the prelude to Pure, with an intriguing melody with a definite eastern influence. Ford is joined by guest musicians Nate Smith, Toss Panos and Shannon Forest. Ford's tone is excellent as always and with a unconventional bass line and a jagged drum rhythm, I really love this opener. Balafon is a jazz rock piece with lush melodies, primarly playing off of chords with minimal percussion. Very cool. Funk salted, Go, has a solid blend of guitar and bari sax with terrific bass and drum lines making this one of my favorite tracks on the release. Terrific jam! Very strong. With contemporary blues styling, Blues for Lonnie Johnson is a great opportunity for Ford to show the excellent blues guitar phrasing that he's know for, backed by rich sax work and a compact drum rhythm. Who wouldn't love this excellent track. A second, expanded version of Pure appears now with it's haunting melody, virtuoso guitar improvisation, cool drum pattern, unusual percussion work and ethereal presentation. Very nice. Wrapping the release is If You Want Me To, an easy flowing jazz rocker with a slightly funky beat. Ford really knows how to craft and play strong pieces and this releases confirms that his work is very essential. 


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