Robben Ford

Robben Ford (born December 16, 1951) is an American blues, jazz and rock guitarist. He was a member of the L.A. Express and has collaborated with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Larry Carlton and Kiss.

Robben Ford was born in Woodlake, California and raised in Ukiah, California. He began playing the saxophone at age 10 and the guitar at age 14. Robben and his brothers created the Charles Ford Blues Band in honor of their father.

At age 18, Ford’s band was hired to play with Charlie Musselwhite and recorded two albums The Charles Ford Band and Discovering the Blues. He recorded two albums with Jimmy Witherspoon called Live and Spoonful. In the 1970s, Ford joined the jazz fusion band, L.A. Express, led by saxophonist Tom Scott. In 1974 the band supported George Harrison on his American tour and played on the Joni Mitchell albums The Hissing of Summer Lawns and Miles of Aisles

After leaving the L.A. Express in 1976, Robben Ford recorded his solo album, The Inside Story with a band that later became the Yellowjackets. In 1982, Ford was one of several guitarists who appeared on the KISS album Creatures of the Night, playing lead guitar on the songs “Rock And Roll Hell” and “I Still Love You”.

Ford worked briefly with Miles Davis in 1986; and can be heard on Davis’ Montreux box set. Ford released his album, Talk to Your Daughter in 1988. He joined Philippe Saisse, Marcus Miller and J.T. Lewis in the cast of The Sunday Night Band for the second and final season of the late-night NBC television program, Sunday Night in 1989. In the 1990s he released the albums, Robben Ford and the Blue Line, and Tiger Walk.

Robben Ford has received five Grammy Award nominations and was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musician magazine. He credited pianist and arranger Roger Kellaway and saxophonist and arranger Tom Scott, whom he met while playing for Joni Mitchell, as a major influence on his musical development.


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1972 Robben Ford - Discovering The Blues
1976 Robben Ford - Schizophonic
1979 Robben Ford - The Inside Story
1983 The Kazu Matsui Project feat. Robben Ford - Standing On The Outside
1988 Robben Ford - Talk to Your Daughter
1992 Jimmy Witherspoon; Robben Ford - Live At The Notodden Blues Festival
1992 Robben Ford - Robben Ford & The Blue Line
1993 Robben Ford & The Blue Line - Mystic Mile
1997 Robben Ford - Tiger Walk
1999 Robben Ford - Sunrise
1999 Robben Ford - Supernatural
2002 Robben Ford - Blue Moon
2010 Michael Landau, Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip, Gary Novak - Renegade Creation
2013 Larry Carlton & Robben Ford - Unplugged
2019 Robben Ford & Bill Evans With Keith Carlock, James Genus ‎– The Sun Room
2021 Robben Ford - Pure