Ricky Ford

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Born 4 March 1954, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Ford started to play drums, then changed to tenor saxophone at the age of 15, inspired by Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Ran Blake heard him playing in a Boston Club and persuaded him to study music at the New England Conservatory. (Blake later invited him to play on several albums too, including Rapport, Short Life Of Barbara Monk and That Certain Feeling). In 1974 Ford joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the leadership of Mercer Ellington and in 1976 he replaced George Adams in the Charles Mingus group, recording on Three Or Four Shades of Blue and Me Myself An Eye. In the late 70s and early 80s he played with Dannie Richmond, Mingus Dynasty, George Russell, Beaver Harris, Lionel Hampton and Adbullah Ibrahim's Ekaya group. However, following the release of his debut album in 1977 he has worked increasingly as a leader, often recording with Jimmy Cobb and ex-Ellington colleague James Spaulding. His latest releases also feature one of his New England Conservatory teachers, Jaki Byard. A strong, authoritative tenor player, Ford's fluency in most idioms of modern jazz has perhaps hindered the development of an individual voice. Ricky is from 2000 Professor at the Bilgi University in Istambul.
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Albums

Ricky Ford - Loxodonta Africana album art Ricky Ford Loxodonta Africana (Album) New World Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Ricky Ford - Manhattan Plaza album art Ricky Ford Manhattan Plaza (Album) Muse Records US 1979 Sell This Version
Ricky Ford - Flying Colors album art Ricky Ford Flying Colors (Album) Muse Records Japan 1980 Sell This Version
Ricky Ford - Tenor For The Times album art Ricky Ford Tenor For The Times (Album) Muse Records US 1981 Sell This Version
Ricky Ford - The 3 R's album art Red Rodney / Richie Cole / Ricky Ford Red Rodney / Richie Cole / Ricky Ford - The 3 R's (Album) Muse Records US 1982 Sell This Version
MR 5275 Ricky Ford - Interpretations album art Ricky Ford Interpretations(LP, Album) Muse Records MR 5275 US 1982 Sell This Version
Ricky Ford - Future's Gold album art Ricky Ford Future's Gold (Album) Muse Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Ricky Ford - Shorter Ideas album art Ricky Ford Shorter Ideas (Album) Muse Records Japan 1985 Sell This Version
MC 5322 Ricky Ford - Looking Ahead album art Ricky Ford Looking Ahead(Cass, Album) Muse Records MC 5322 US 1987 Sell This Version
MR 5322 Ricky Ford - Looking Ahead album art Ricky Ford Looking Ahead(LP) Muse Records MR 5322 US 1987 Sell This Version
Ricky Ford - Saxotic Stomp album art Ricky Ford Saxotic Stomp (Album) Muse Records US 1988 Sell This Version
Ricky Ford - Manhattan Blues album art Ricky Ford Manhattan Blues (Album) Candid Germany 1989 Sell This Version
5373 Ricky Ford - Hard Groovin' album art Ricky Ford Hard Groovin'(CD) Muse Records 5373 US 1989 Sell This Version
Ricky Ford - Ebony Rhapsody album art Ricky Ford Ebony Rhapsody (Album) Candid Germany 1990 Sell This Version
CCD-4401 Ricky Ford - "Bern Concert '89" album art The Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars, George Wein, Ricky Ford, Scott Hamilton, Oliver Jackson, Eddie Jones, Gray Sargent, Norris Turney, Warren Vaché The Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars, George Wein, Ricky Ford, Scott Hamilton, Oliver Jackson, Eddie Jones, Gray Sargent, Norris Turney, Warren Vaché - "Bern Concert '89"(CD, Album) Concord Jazz CCD-4401 US 1990 Sell This Version
Ricky Ford - Hot Brass album art Ricky Ford Hot Brass (Album) Candid Japan 1992 Sell This Version
5478 Ricky Ford - Tenor Madness Too! album art Ricky Ford Tenor Madness Too!(CD) Muse Records 5478 US 1992 Sell This Version
CCD79528 Ricky Ford - American-African Blues album art Ricky Ford American-African Blues(CD, Album) Candid CCD79528 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
BOM539, YAL 105 Ricky Ford - Tenors Of album art Yusef Lateef & Ricky Ford Yusef Lateef & Ricky Ford - Tenors Of(CD, Album) Bomba Records (4), YAL Records BOM539, YAL 105 Japan 1996 Sell This Version

Compilations

32172 Ricky Ford - Ricky's Choice album art Ricky Ford Ricky's Choice(CD, Comp) 32 Jazz 32172 US 1999 Sell This Version

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