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ERIC FORD

                       PROFESSIONAL DRUMMER / PERCUSSIONIST 

 

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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

 

Interview in Sussex Jazz Magazine April 2015 (page 14)

EVENTS
July 28th :

Highams Park Jazz Club at The County Arms, London E4 9PB with Lily Dior, Soner Ersen, Tom Hewins. 5-8pm (also jam session).







 
23rd July :

Orleans, Finsbury Park, London with Zad Adda and Orlando Bonzi. 10:30pm -2:30am (also jam session, free entry).









 

N E W S

Hello and welcome.

After a hectic couple of months criss-crossing southern Britain, July is relatively sedate which at least gives an opportunity to practise and prepare for upcoming recording projects with Partikel and bands led by Adam Dyer, Mario Castronari and Gianluca Corona. Partikel returns to Lowestoft on July 7th (for the first time since 2016!) and Highams Park Jazz Club (near Walthamstow) opens its doors again from July 28th.

Pianist Adam Dyer has FINALLY released his debut album for which Jakub Cywinski, Duncan Eagles and I recorded a couple of sessions at Red Gables in west London back in 2019 and 2021! Featuring excellent and varied compositions by Adam and some swinging arrangements of choice standards, it's called River Spirit and currently only available via https://adamdyer.co.uk  I particularly like the group improv on  "The Potting Shed" and the interplay during the piano solos on "In With The New" and "Battersea Blues." Patrick Hadfield gave the album a very positive review in London Jazz News, describing my playing as "totemic"!! Please do tell me if you know what he meant by that.

I've released a couple of albums on Bandcamp! (With much assistance from David Beebee and my very patient brother-in-law, Ali.) They're both other people's projects that I was involved in and both recorded at David's Beeboss Studios. From 2018 comes "What Can I Do" (without a question mark), the only album of pianist Paolo Losi's own compositions. Paolo died suddenly within 6 months of recording aged just 46, so bassist Dave Jones and I wanted to share this music in remembrance of him. There's a written tribute by our mutual friend Paolo Muraro, too. Please check it out HERE.

The other album is by a short-lived trio of trumpet / double bass / drums that I enjoyed very much and which contrasts markedly with the Paolo release. It's with a couple of my Polish friends (Jakub Cywinski and Dawyd Frydryk) recorded in July 2019. You can give that a listen HERE

There's more detail on many other albums I've had the good fortune to play on in the "Albums" section.

Imogen Ryall's re-imagining of Joni Mitchell's "Mingus" album was officially released in late September last year on the Rubicon Jazz label and made it onto the "best albums of 2023" lists of several critics in the UK and US. We're playing at Cambridge Jazz Festival on November 22nd, Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton on December 12th, and at a festival near Calais in France next March! Album link HERE.

I'm delighted that another of Imogen's projects will be touring the Czech Republic (and dipping into Slovakia) for a week in October to coincide with the release of the album we recorded last May with pianist Emil Viklicky. There'll be more on that nearer the time.

 

I'm in a book ! David Harvey - father of cool cat bassist Jon Harvey - photographed 90 musicians in London and interviewed some of them, including me. It's called "The Look Of Jazz" and provides an interesting snapshot (sorry) of a part of the London scene around now and the opinions and backgrounds of some of those in it.  

 

 

Live at the Bulls Head
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Live at the Bulls Head 2
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Partikel's String Theory Quartet Live at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015 Midnight Mass (D.Eagles)
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Partikel's String Theory Quartet Live at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015 Midnight Mass (D.Eagles)

Partikel's String Theory Quartet perform "Midnight Mass" live at London's Bull's Head Jazz Club as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015. Duncan Eagles - Saxophone Max Luthert - Double Bass Eric Ford - Drums and Percussion Benet McLean - Violin http://www.partikel.co.uk Big thanks to 7 Star Arts http://www.7stararts.com and to the Bull's Head www.geronimo-inns.co.uk/london-the-bulls-head Video and audio by http://danredding.co.uk/pro-videography/ "Inventive contrapuntally - rich arrangements, this excellent experiment represents a perfect marriage of two seemingly disparate entities, resulting in an album of richly mellifluous sonority" All About Jazz ☆☆☆☆☆ "One of the most successful attempts I've heard at fully integrating a string quartet into a jazz ensemble....like a miniature Loose Tubes with strings. Jazz Journal ☆☆☆☆☆ "Turbulent avant-riffage, lush, cinematic sophistication... an ambitious project, convincingly realised" JazzWise ☆☆☆☆ "A triumphant third album" MOJO ☆☆☆☆ "The always stimulating Partikel meets this string section on equal terms. Eagles's tone on his various horns achieves an impressive blend of colours and dynamics. His compositions and arrangements, embracing sinuous, sinewy elegance, spiky funk and languid ballads, repay close attention. It's another intriguing step in the evolution of this talented outfit." BBC Music Magazine ☆☆☆☆ "Original and at times deeply poignant, this is a big step forward by a group intent on walking down a road less traveled" Kevin LeGendre, Echo Magazine ☆☆☆☆ "Definitely the best Partikel album to date... containing plenty of depth, sinewy improvising, and good ideas" Marlbank ☆☆☆☆ "In balancing Partikel's familiar free jazzy energy with a compositional coherence that draws the textures of the string players and the trio into striking and often unexpectedly seductive accords.... String Theory is an intriguing insight into the depths of their resources" John Fordham - The Guardian
Partikel's String Theory Quartet Live at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015 - The Landing (D.Eagles)
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Partikel's String Theory Quartet Live at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015 - The Landing (D.Eagles)

Partikel's String Theory Quartet perform "The Landing" live at London's Bull's Head Jazz Club as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015. Duncan Eagles - Saxophone Max Luthert - Double Bass Eric Ford - Drums and Percussion Benet McLean - Violin http://www.partikel.co.uk Big thanks to 7 Star Arts http://www.7stararts.com and to the Bull's Head www.geronimo-inns.co.uk/london-the-bulls-head Video and audio by http://danredding.co.uk/pro-videography/ "Inventive contrapuntally - rich arrangements, this excellent experiment represents a perfect marriage of two seemingly disparate entities, resulting in an album of richly mellifluous sonority" All About Jazz ☆☆☆☆☆ "One of the most successful attempts I've heard at fully integrating a string quartet into a jazz ensemble....like a miniature Loose Tubes with strings. Jazz Journal ☆☆☆☆☆ "Turbulent avant-riffage, lush, cinematic sophistication... an ambitious project, convincingly realised" JazzWise ☆☆☆☆ "A triumphant third album" MOJO ☆☆☆☆ "The always stimulating Partikel meets this string section on equal terms. Eagles's tone on his various horns achieves an impressive blend of colours and dynamics. His compositions and arrangements, embracing sinuous, sinewy elegance, spiky funk and languid ballads, repay close attention. It's another intriguing step in the evolution of this talented outfit." BBC Music Magazine ☆☆☆☆ "Original and at times deeply poignant, this is a big step forward by a group intent on walking down a road less traveled" Kevin LeGendre, Echo Magazine ☆☆☆☆ "Definitely the best Partikel album to date... containing plenty of depth, sinewy improvising, and good ideas" Marlbank ☆☆☆☆ "In balancing Partikel's familiar free jazzy energy with a compositional coherence that draws the textures of the string players and the trio into striking and often unexpectedly seductive accords.... String Theory is an intriguing insight into the depths of their resources" John Fordham - The Guardian
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