Robben Ford

Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:00PM

Robben Ford
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Californian Robben Ford is not necessarily a blues guitarist. His real arrival came with the jazz-fusing Yellowjackets in the late 1970s, but Ford had also been consistently playing with artists from all manner of musical zones.

His background is similarly eclectic, having started out touring with blues legends like Chicago harp player Charlie Musselwhite and singer Jimmy Witherspoon, then going on to play with Joni Mitchell as part of Tom Scott's L.A. Express, George Harrison on his ‘70s Dark Horse tour, jazz icon Miles Davis and fusionists the Yellowjackets, as well as rockers Greg Allman and Phil Lesh. Nevertheless, the blues is still at the heart of his style, even though Ford is one of its funkiest, jazziest practitioners.

One of Musician Magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century."