Discovering the Blues is culled from a series of concerts Robben Ford gave in the early '70s at Huntington Beach's Golden Bear and Ash Grove in Hollywood. At the time, Ford was just beginning his career, and his style wasn't nearly as accomplished as it would later be. Instead, he simply burns, tearing through blues classics with a passion and vigor – there is a joy of discovery in his playing which makes the music nearly transcendent, even with its flaws. Discovering the Blues is rawer than most records in Ford's catalog, but any serious fan will find it a necessary addition to their collection.
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.
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. (…) his guitar speaks for itself.
Guitar players are blessed with hundreds of truly gifted masters to study and emulate, but there's only a handful whose voice on the instrument is so innovative, so distinctive, and so signature that it only takes a few notes to recognize its source – please join us in welcoming Robben Ford to the TrueFire family.
The Blues & Beyond reveals Robben's advanced concepts for improvising and comping. Performing his well-known renditions of several blues classics,Robben demonstrates how he plays over chord changes. Robben also discusses phrasing and playing "outside" using pentatonic,diminished, and melodic minor scales. Check out the "Miles Groove," where Robben plays a great solo combining blues, bebop, and modern "out" lines. And to help you capture Robben's unique style, most of the solos, chords,and playing demonstrations have been transcribed in the music and tab book included.