Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Billy Gibbons and Robben Ford -- Birthday Tribute

Funny how things come in pairs.

Billy F. Gibbons celebrates his birthday today with another esteemed colleague, Robben Ford.

With a career with ZZ Top spanning close to 40 years, Billy Gibbons (born December 16th 1949) continues to bring his 'just turn it up as loud as you can and go for it' brand of good time Texas rock 'n roll to legions of fans around world.

Robben Ford (born December 16th 1951) made a name for himself as a young blues guitar phenom playing in the bands of Charlie Musselwhite and Jimmy Witherspoon. But the hip youngster was as devoted to the blues as he was to the jazz giants. Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter also featured heavily in Ford's listening habits, inspiring him enough to take up the saxophone which he also played in Musselwhite's group.

A stint in Tom Scott's LA Express made Robben a name in jazz-fusion circles culminating in him joining horn-legend Miles Davis in 1986 before returning to his blues roots in 1988 with Talk To Your Daughter.

Robben has a new project Trial By Fire, featuring Jimmy Haslip, Gary Novak and session maven Mike Landau. I'm looking forward to this one!

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