Dorian Ford

Two - fer; To The Surface and First Date

Dorian Ford

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Reviewed by: Ian Mann

Album Review

3-5 out of 5

Two - fer; To The Surface and First Date 

Ian Mann on this single CD documenting two separate projects by pianist and composer Dorian Ford, a collection of solo piano performances and a series of duets with Oriole guitarist Jonny Phillips.

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Dorian Ford Quartet

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Reviewed by: Ian Mann

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3-5 out of 5

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Unashamedly melodic, the album has much to recommend it with its mix of strong original tunes, well chosen covers and excellent musicianship.
 

 

Classical music and jazz: Jazz pianist Dorian Ford's new residency at Map Café in Kentish Town

 
 
Dorian Ford with his daughter Minnie
 

JAZZ pianist Dorian Ford is taking up his second residency at Map Café in Grafton Way, Kentish Town, later this month, playing with his Bop Trio.
Dorian will be playing piano pieces based on  the theme “Songs for Minnie”.

by Ian Mann, 5th Sept. 2006

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.

by Ian Mann, 5th Sept. 2006

Music By Other People was recorded back in 1999 by the group Grass and features Ford together with saxophonist Jack Arnold, bassist Ben Hazleton and a very young Sebastian Rochford on drums, probably one of his earliest recordings. The group cover four compositions by jazz masters Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. They present an interesting version of these works delivering them in a laid back ECM style, caressing the melodies and rarely getting too animated. Rochford's drumming is sensitive and tasteful and only rarely does he give a hint of the fireworks he was later to unleash with Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland. Ellington's Take The Coltrane features his most aggressive playing and also contains a probing, percussive solo from Ford.

by Ian Mann, 5th Sept. 2006

The album was recorded at St. Margaret's Church, Putney in October 2001 over the course of a single day and the pieces were played in the same order as they appear on the CD. Besides his jazz training at Berklee College, Boston, USA Ford has also studied classical piano extensively and both these aspects of his playing can be heard here.

by Mark de Brito, 4th Jan. 2002

Its technically very interesting. I enjoy the many stylistic allusions in it: a ghost of the blues, minimalism, an Eastern flavour, contemporary jazz, Debussy, Bach, etc. But Ford has completely integrated his influences. Its a very individual approach. Subjectively, I also find it really beautiful, the purity and atmosphere he creates.