An excellent veteran tenor inspired by Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins, Ricky Ford was playing creative hard bop several years before Wynton Marsalis and his talent has been often overlooked. After studying at the New England Conservatory, he recorded in 1974 with Gunther Schuller. After touring with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (under Mercer Ellington's leadership during 1974-1976), Ford was with Charles Mingus (1976-1977), Dannie Richmond's Quintet (1978-1981), Lionel Hampton, and Mingus Dynasty (1982); he also played in 1985 with Abdullah Ibrahim. Ricky Ford has recorded as a leader for New World, an excellent string of dates for Muse (1978-1989), and for Candid. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

Ricky Ford - Chelsea Bridge
Ze Big Band avec Ricky Ford au 20e Festival Jazz In Langourla
Ricky Ford Flying Colors
Ricky Ford - Hard Groovin' - Masaman
Ricky Ford duo 08-26-1990 Middle East
Ricky Ford Full Interview: Contenders Gym
Ricky Ford at Kitano
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