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Album Review

On Handful of Blues, Robben Ford strips his sound back to the basics, recording a set of blues with only a bassist and a drummer. The group runs through a handful of standards, including "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You," and a number of made-to-order originals. Throughout the album the musicians play well, but Ford's voice is never commanding. However, this is a minor flaw, since his guitar speaks for itself.

Customer Reviews

Good stuff

This album is really solid. The two scorching solos on Rugged Road are some of the best I've heard Ford play and they incorporate the jazz scales and blues chops that this guy is famous for. I love the notes he stops on. The sound he gets on the blues standard "Chevrolet" is just nasty. The Willie Dixon cover "I Just Wanna Make Love to You" reminds you of what the blues are about. This is one of his best albums.

So Tight

You wanna hear Robben tear up the whole tone scale and hear the legendary Dumble amps at their best? This is the record. Rugged Road is the tune that got me interested in Mr. Ford 10 years ago.

Great tunes....

Some of Robbens best work...Screaming riffs that will make you sweat..


Born: December 16, 1951 in Ukiah, CA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Robben Ford has had a diverse career. He taught himself guitar when he was 13 and considered his first influence to be Mike Bloomfield. At 18 he moved to San Francisco to form the Charles Ford Band (named after his father, who was also a guitarist), and was soon hired to play with Charlie Musselwhite for nine months. In 1971, the Charles Ford Blues Band was re-formed and recorded for Arhoolie in early 1972. Ford played with Jimmy Witherspoon (1972-1973), the L.A. Express with Tom Scott (1974), George...
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