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Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing and his ability to be comfortable in various musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley, and many others.
On his interest in jazz, Ford says, “I fell in love with the sax-playing of Paul Desmond and the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and before long found Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Roland Kirk, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and, of course, Miles Davis.” These influences have stayed with Ford, playing a large part in his particular blend of jazz and blues, which define him as a guitarist and allow him to play in a wide variety of settings.