PROFESSIONAL DRUMMER / PERCUSSIONIST
F E A T U R E D R E V I E W S
" ...strong and creative"
Julian Joseph, Jazz Line-Up, BBC Radio 3
"...exquisitely subtle drumming, superbly delicate here and throughout the album.''
Roger Farbey, All About Jazz
" Ford excels on drums throughout - bold, crisp, creative,in total command of a seemingly endless range of techniques.''
Eddie Myer, jazzviews.net
"Ford's hi-hat snaps and fills, and the precision with which he plays complex patterns...are constantly striking features of this engaging debut.''
John Fordham, The Guardian
April 17th - live stream with the Julian Costello Quartet (+ Way Out West Collective) from the River House Barn, Walton-on-Thames. 7:30pm
May 21st - Artis, Blackheath (near Greenwich) with the Andrew Young organ trio feat. Dave Chamberlain (guitar).
May 6th - live stream with Nicolas Meier and Mario Castronari at 2pm and 5pm GMT ; see for info.
N E W S
As the Pandemic grinds on, we hope for a more music-friendly situation from the summer of 2021. In the meantime, the paucity of live work gives an opportunity to finish off the editing, mixing and mastering of albums begun in 2017/18/19, a few more of which look set to finally be released over the coming months. The first of these is Stefanos Tsourelis' second trio album, "The Wanderer," released via Bandcamp on March 25th. Read a review here or just go ahead and buy it here !
Most of the album recordings scheduled for 2020 that I was involved with have been delayed, although the second album by talented Lithuanian singer-songwriter / guitarist Ruta Di was recorded at London's Cowshed Studios in early August (with Dan Casimir and Al McSween), and in September at Red Gables Studio there was the first trio album recording by pianist Adam Dyer, with bassist Jakub Cywinski and I. When possible in the summer of 2021, Partikel plans to record its 5th album - although, the first for German label Berthold and already delayed by a year - at Studiowz in Pembrokeshire. This will be our first album with just the original sax/bass/drums line-up since "Cohesion" from 2011, and our first album since recording "Counteraction" in May 2016. There are likely to be album recording dates with guitarists Matt Chandler and Antonio Marzinotto and Jamaican organist Andrew Young in 2021, too, plus Mark Cherrie's second quartet album.
The debut album by the David Beebee Quartet featuring Loose Tubes saxophonist Julian Nicholas, bassist Jakub Cywinski and I was issued digitally via Bandcamp in early May 2020. It's available for free download if you'd like to give it a listen. Great tunes by David and beautiful playing by the guys.
David's trio cd "Planet B" featuring Dave Jones and I also came out recently on Bandcamp.
2019 was good, with some great gigs around England (including my debut at The Jazz Cafe, Camden with U.S. jazz-funk legend Ronnie Laws), Sweden and Germany. (There's a video clip from the Jazz Cafe gig on the "Listen/Watch" page, and a link to my YouTube playlist below.) A recording highlight was playing on my first (short) film soundtrack for composer Roly Witherow and director Simon Neal.