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Songs Trio

Artist: Dorian Ford

Date of Release: 01/01/2007

Catalogue no: 1344

Label: -

Price: £8

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

All I Want

3.26

2

 

Wichita Lineman

5.49

3

 

My Back Pages

4.44

4

 

Sleep Safe and Warm

5.29

5

 

Jealous Guy

4.32

6

 

Winter Always Turns to Spring

3.00

7

 

Vignette

4.40

8

 

You Were Always On My Mind

4.17

9

 

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

4.07

10

 

Wichita Lineman (alt. take)

5.57

 

 

 

 

Dorian Ford: piano
Max de Wardener: bass
Iian Pattinson: drums

Playing ‘songs’ rather than ‘standards’ but as a jazz piano trio. The trio try to find the inner life inside the melody and structure of a classic song. Mostly the songs have their roots in the tradition of the American folk song (blues, country and gospel as it’s antecedents) and often written in the 60’s and 70’s.The trio is dedicated to finding the sacred in the secular.

 

Reviews

 

05/09/0006 Ian Mann

"Songs" was recorded in 2002 and is a full-length album which finds Ford in a piano trio with bassist Max De Wardener and drummer Iain Pattinson. Rather than tackle traditional jazz standards the trio prefer to concentrate on more modern material mainly written in the 1960's/70's and with roots in American folk and gospel music.

They start with Joni Mitchell's "All I Want". Next up are Jim Webb's "Wichita Lineman" and Bob Dylan's "My Back Pages". The trio play the songs with a strong emphasis on melody and with a genuine gospel feel and make great use of the spaces between the notes. There is a sense of joy and exploration in their music making. The melodies are unadorned; Ford is not into subverting songs in the manner of Brad Mehldau. However, there is nothing bland about the playing, this is a million miles away from cocktail lounge or elevator music.

The album also features song like compositions from modern jazz composers and instrumentalists. These include Krzysztof Komeda's "Sleep Safe And Warm"(the theme from "Rosemary's Baby") Gary Peacock's "Vignette" and Bill Frisell's "Winter Turns To Spring".

To complete the ten-track recording John Lennon's "Jealous Guy"and Willie Nelson's "You Were Always On My Mind" are also present together with the hymn "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" which closes the album.

It's a fascinating mix, superbly played by Ford and his colleagues and their love of the material can be heard in every note. This is certainly the most enjoyable and accessible of the three albums and one that I would recommend to everybody.

Following these wide ranging and distinctive recordings his next move will be awaited with interest. In the meantime get to hear "Songs" if you can.

 

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