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Album Review

Tenor-saxophonist Ricky Ford is in his usual swinging form on this live quartet date with pianist Jaki Byard, bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Ben Riley. Although Byard and Hinton are both adept at earlier styles of music, Ford mostly sticks to hard bop, with slight departures in a swinging version of "Ebony Rhapsody" and "Broadway." Ford contributed five originals for the set including "Independence Blues" and "Red, Crack And Blue." This date is easily recommended to fans of the distinctive tenor and those who enjoy modern hard bop.


Born: 04 March 1954 in Boston, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

An excellent veteran tenor inspired by Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins, Ricky Ford was playing creative hard bop several years before Wynton Marsalis and his talent has been often overlooked. After studying at the New England Conservatory, he recorded in 1974 with Gunther Schuller. After touring with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (under Mercer Ellington's leadership during 1974-1976), Ford was with Charles Mingus (1976-1977), Dannie Richmond's Quintet (1978-1981), Lionel Hampton, and Mingus Dynasty...
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Ebony Rhapsody, Ricky Ford
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  • 6,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 01 January 1990

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