AOTM - Robben Ford - Talk To Your Daughter.


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04-09-2008, 07:43 PM
I posted this before, but there was lots of confusion and I didn't bagsy the month... :(

Anyway, here's my effort at the AOTM

For the Purposes of this AOTM, I have included some links to sound files, for reference and sometimes just for interestís sake. They are just from wherever I found them and the quality of these are probably going to be YouTube vids :p: It wouldnít be fair to say that they reflect the album.

Robben Ford - Talk To Your Daughter.

Robben Ford is primarily known, deservedly so, as a prolific blues guitarist. His Debut solo album Talk To Your Daughter garnered him a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. However, playing with jazz legends such as Miles Davis and George Harrison and forming The Robben Ford Group (Later to become Jazz Fusion group the Yellow Jackets) has earned him a name in jazz that few can fail to respect.

Talk To Your Daughter is a blend of brilliant musicianship and a love of the blues. On this album Ford plays with Roscoe Beck (Four/Six string bass and Vocals), Vinnie Colaiuta (Drums) and Russel Ferrante (Keys). All brilliant musicians in and of themselves, the combination of their talents is no disappointment.

The Opening Track is Talk To your Daughter a blues classic written by J. B. Lenoir in the 50s. It starts of light, organ pulsing and shuffling gently whilst Ford gives us his rendition of the lyrics. If there is a weak point on this whole album, then it is the singing. Though not particularly bad, the singing, lacking in flare, just doesnít stand up to the brilliant playing on every other aspect of this album. This track is really nothing complex, just good playing over a good groove. The drums power it along and Fordís licks provide little pick-ups throughout. The solo is excellent; he plays through his twelve bar with style and accentuates chord changes nicely.

Talk To Your Daughter (Live on American Chat show) Ė

The Second track on the album Wild About You (Canít Hold On Much Longer), was written by Walter Jacobs (Little Walter). This track begins with jangling arpeggios with lots of space but then is quickly and sharply cut down to a twangy, blues guitar riff. Another good blues tune with an impressive saxophone solo immediately followed by a guitar solo.

Help the Poor is the third track and, in my opinion, the worst. It simply does nothing for me; the vocals here are worse than on the rest of the album and more exposed. I do not like the organ playing. I couldnít really tell you why, I just donít like it! I donít even particularly like the guitar solo, though it is definitely still more entertaining then the rest of the song.

04-09-2008, 07:44 PM

Now, Fordís version of, ďAinít got nothiní but the bluesĒ has to be the best track of the album for me. The groove is understated and just perfect throughout. Set against the slow beat, the little double time parts are so exciting and they are handled perfectly by Roscoe and Colaiuta. The chords in this song are nothing amazingly complex in themselves but the band make the song into so much more than that. This is truly one of the best examples of what can happen when four good musicians get in a room together.

This is the best internet excerpt of this track I could find:

For the 5th track he decides to cover that most famous of tunes, ďBorn Under A Bad SignĒ :p:. Though itís played well, he is not enough of a vocalist to pull off this song very well. The playing is still very good, but without a great deal to work with he doesnít seem to pull of anything spectacular. Itís definitely a let down after the previous track, but the guitar playing is still a piece of work and itís a solo fest. So itís all well and good!

Next comes a fast, fun blues in the shape of Ike Turnerís, I Got Over it. The band pick up the pace here, and you really get the feeling that theyíre going at it. There is not much to say about this song except that itís a fast tune with good guitar and harmonica solos. Most of the stuff on this album that I would call great is when heís really working from a jazz and blues point of view.

Revelations is another highlight of the track. The Gospel Tune is given a lovely twist here when Ford plays it (the only instrumental on the album). Itís nice to hear a song like this being revamped and played well by everyone here, you can still hear its gospel roots but with that edge that Robben Ford brings to everything he plays.

For interests sake here is Revelations played by the Yellow Jackets:

One of the few originals on the Album, ďGetawayĒ starts off how it continues; slick and groovy. The drums at the very start will send shivers down your spine, the whole song swings back and forth between mountains of sound and some lovely sparse playing and it makes for good listening.

Canít Let Her Go, the final track, is probably the most divisive; If you can get past how incredibly 80s it is, youíll appreciate the musicianship and if you canít youíll be dogged throughout the song by a decade that many people would rather forget. Like a lot of music from then, it is of its time but that doesnít necessarily mean itís bad, if you looked past some of the exterior (i.e. the keyboard sounds) Iím sure youíll find something to like about it.

When I started this I really expected to just be writing, ďRobben Ford is awesome, all bow down before him forĒ, for six paragraphs. I was pleasantly surprised to find I had some criticisms of this album, but that doesnít change that it is a classic album and anyone who isnít already listening to Robben Ford should get something by him. Immediately. (Talk to Your Daughter or A Handful Of Blues being the two best to start with, I think)

All in all, the main strength of this album is in the bands playing its self, the songs themselves could basically be anything, and it wouldnít be that important (I exaggerate :p: ). To utilise a clichť: 'Itís not what theyíre playing, itís how theyíre playing it'.

04-09-2008, 07:50 PM
At the risk of sounding like an idiot, who/what's AOTM?

04-09-2008, 07:52 PM
At the risk of sounding like an idiot, who/what's AOTM?

'Album of the Month' Someone writes up a little something about an album , basically. We seem to have 1 for blues and one for jazz, though it's not been to regular yet.

04-20-2008, 04:48 AM
i just dl'd this album, after meaning to for a while. it's pretty damn good :)

04-22-2008, 09:59 PM
Well, ace!

You should check out his 'Handful of blues' album, if anything i'd say it's better.

04-29-2008, 10:12 AM
insane song!! are you sure J. B. Lenoir was original?

also save your nights for me.. TUNE!!


04-29-2008, 02:13 PM
Em, I'll try and find out for you, I think it was though.

*frantically looks for CD*

05-16-2008, 08:03 PM
This is the only thing I've been listening to this whole month. (Except for some random stuff)

And when I go into the B & J forum this is what I see?

Great minds think alike! :cheers:

EDIT: Am I the only one who absolutely adores his singing? I find it perfect!

05-16-2008, 09:28 PM
This is the only thing I've been listening to this whole month. (Except for some random stuff)

And when I go into the B & J forum this is what I see?

Great minds think alike! :cheers:

EDIT: Am I the only one who absolutely adores his singing? I find it perfect!

I think he's a competent singer, it's just not my thing really.

But yeah, I love his guitar playing.

05-19-2008, 04:39 PM
Well, ace!

You should check out his 'Handful of blues' album, if anything i'd say it's better.
That album is amazing ;)

06-03-2008, 07:13 PM
we're at june and no one has written the next albums of the month.

If no one else picks up the ball I'll write a jazz AOTM.

06-03-2008, 08:01 PM
Go ahead, Jimmy. I'll write a blues one, or we can do just one album for the whole section this month.

06-25-2008, 06:22 AM
I love robbens playing, the brother is also a great track as it really shows what he can do