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Joe Diorio & Robben Ford

Joe Diorio & Robben Ford - Minor Elegance - 1990 - MGI Records

“Minor Elegance” was a rare joint project between the old guitar master Joe Diorio and the incomparable Robben Ford. It’s a beautiful album which also features Pete Erskine on drums and Gary Willis on bass. There’s a smoking cover of Miles Davis’ “So What” and the chops-busting “Blues for All Space Cadets” composed by Joe breaks from the usual linear and scalar guitar patterns and sounds great. “AM, PM”, “Swank Thing” are other outstanding tracks. The music provides a good contrast between the sultry playing of Joe Diorio and the sharper, more fusion oriented sound of Robben Ford’s exacting guitar work. Listen to Joe’s great “Stateside” album, and Robben’s 2013 “Bringing It Back Home” album. [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 102 Mb]


1. Swank Thing (Ford) 5:50
2. AM / PM (Diorio) 5:35
3. E-Minor Ballad (Diorio) 6:38
4. Unis (Diorio) 5:16
5. Blues for All Space Cadets (Diorio) 6:37
6. Soul Eyes (Waldron) 5:02
7. So What (Davis) 8:26


Joe Diorio - Guitar
Robben Ford - Guitar
Gary Willis - Bass
Oliver Hahn - Piano & Keyboards on "Swank Thing" and "Unis"
Peter Erskine – Drums


b. Joseph Louis Diorio, 6 August 1936, Waterbury, Connecticut, USA. Following in the footsteps of an uncle, Diorio took up the guitar, studying formally in the early 50s at a local music school. He worked for a while with local bands but in the early 60s he ventured into New York City where he quickly established a reputation. He played with many bop musicians, such as Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt and Ira Sullivan. He also played in mainstream groups fronted by noted jazzmen including Conte Candoli and Stan Getz. From the 60s to the 80s he worked in various centres, including Florida, where he played on television and radio and also taught at the University of Miami. He also played in the Netherlands, France, Brazil and Australia, and recorded as a leader for the Spitball label during the 70s. Among musicians with who he has recorded are guitarists Mick Goodrick and John Pisano, Anita O'Day and Sullivan. In addition to performing and teaching, Diorio has also written text books, including the praised 21st Century Intervallic Designs, and is a painter and sculptor. Gradually, as the century ended, he was gaining a much deserved audience. Encyclopedia of Popular Music Copyright Muze UK Ltd. 1989 – 2002 http://www.svpproductions.com/jd.html


Technical virtuosity and imaginative improvisation made Joe Diorio (born: Joseph Louis Diorio) one of the busiest jazz session guitarists of the '60s and '70s. Reviewing a mid-'60s performance, influential jazz critic Leonard Feather wrote that Diorio was "one of the most mature and uncompromising (new) plectrists to work the room since Joe Pass." Waterbury, Connecticut-born Diorio spent much of the early '60s in Chicago, playing with such stellar jazz musicians as saxophonist Sonny Stitt and trombone player Bennie Green. He made his recording debut on tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris' 1961 album, Exodus to Jazz. Together with trumpet and saxophone player Ira Sullivan, Diorio relocated to Miami, Florida, where he quickly found a place in the city's thriving jazz scene. In addition to playing with top-notch musicians including Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, and Stanley Turrentine, he led his own trio, featuring Bob Magnusson and Jim Plank. Since releasing his debut solo album, Solo Guitar, in 1975, Diorio has gone on to record more than a dozen impressive platters, including tribute albums to Wes Montgomery and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Starting with a jazz improvisation class that he taught at the University of Miami, Diorio increasingly turned his focus to teaching. Since relocating to Los Angeles in the late '70s, he has taught in the studio/jazz guitar department of the University of Southern California and the GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology). He has written several instructional books including Fusion and Intervallic Designs. © Craig Harris © 2013 Rovi Corp | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/joe-diorio-mn0000787965


Robben Ford has had a diverse career. He taught himself guitar when he was 13 and considered his first influence to be Mike Bloomfield. At 18 he moved to San Francisco to form the Charles Ford Band (named after his father, who was also a guitarist) and was soon hired to play with Charlie Musselwhite for nine months. In 1971, the Charles Ford Blues Band was re-formed and recorded for Arhoolie in early 1972. Ford played with Jimmy Witherspoon (1972-1973), the L.A. Express with Tom Scott (1974), George Harrison, and Joni Mitchell. In 1977 he was a founding member of the Yellowjackets, which he stayed with until 1983, simultaneously having a solo career and working as a session guitarist. In 1986, Ford toured with Miles Davis and had two separate periods (1985 and 1987) with Sadao Watanabe, but he really seemed to find himself in 1992 when he returned to his roots: the blues. Ford formed a new group, the Blue Line, and subsequently recorded a couple of blues-rock dates for Stretch that are among the finest of his career. In 1999, he released Sunrise on Rhino and Supernatural on Blue Thumb. Ford signed to the Concord Jazz label in 2002 and released Blue Moon that same year, followed by Keep on Running in 2003 and Truth in 2007. That same year, he was a billed special guest on Larry Carlton's Live in Tokyo. He followed this with the predominantly live Soul on Ten in 2009. In 2013, Ford began his label association with Provogue, and issued the studio album Bringing It Back Home, comprised mostly of blues and R&B covers played by an all-star band. © Scott Yanow © 2013 Rovi Corp | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/robben-ford-mn0000830063

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