Joe Ford is a master musician and composer who's contributed quite a few originals to our book. -Andy Gonzales
I have always thought that he is one of the most lyrical alto and soprano saxophonist of our generation. Though I am a violinist I know that much of my style as a jazz player has been greatly influenced by Joe. I am also a fan of Joe's music and his talent as a composer. He is certainly deserving of a lot more recognition for his talent and work than he has received. -John Blake Jr.
I've known Joe for quite some time; I had him in my bands in a variety of settings over the years. I wanted him in my band because of his versatility, his sound, and most of all because of his unique voice on his instrument. -McCoy Tyner
Ford, a former McCoy Tyner band member, had so many hot, fast riffs and solos, one would think he might he would melt his own horn. Luckily for us, he persisted all afternoon. -Salsa San Francisco
Floating on an ever-shifting bottom made up of the sounds of anything that can be hit, scraped, rubbed and rattled, “Rumba Buhaina” also shows compact call-and-response and a melodic improvisation from Ford on soprano. Like Jefferson and Stubblefield before him, Joe Ford balances a number of necessary gifts, including the ability to bring sparks and muscle to his melodic soloing, as well as the confidence to become the entire front line on his own when selections like “Along Came Betty” begin to veer more closely toward straight rumba and Gonzalez puts down his horn to play conga along with drummer/percussionist Steve Berrios. Ford, who also contributes the original cha-cha “Madi's Smile” to this volume, gives equal time to alto and soprano sax here, as he does live. His soprano work brings an almost uncharacteristic sweetness to this very Bronx-flavored crew… -Dusted Magazine
Joe Ford's piercing yet soulful voice on alto and soprano saxes captures the listener's attention throughout the session. His alto on the opening number evinces a sophisticated command of the blues idiom. Ford cuts loose long, flowing upper-register phrases on his solo on 'Waltz for a Nebulous Woman. -All About Jazz
Two time Grammy award nominee, Joe Ford, a jazz saxophonist from New York, is one of the founders of contemporary jazz with its unique lyrical style of improvisation. He has released more than 80 albums and played on the soundtracks for hit TV shows such as New York Undercover, and will be performing some of his greatest hits in Kyiv at the end of the month. Despite 40 years in the business, Ford is not behind the times, and his music is always up to date and fresh. -What's On Magazine (Ukraine)
Joe Ford limber and swinging playing combines with Lonnie Smith's funk influence and imaginative organ playing adds a rich range of intensity, color and texture to the recording. -Jazz Canadia
World-class jazz musicians are coming to the city to play at Swing and then at the National Conservatory on two successive nights. Eminent sax player Joe Ford (who was a member of McCoy Tyner’s band) and pianist and composer Larry Willis (who’s played with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Art Blakey, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderly and more) are the men in the spotlight on these nights that jazz fans can’t afford to miss. -What’s On Online - Kiev (Ukraine)
The underrated fire-breathing saxophonist Joe Ford "has always been an influence from a very early age." - The Curtis Brothers
Fort Apache followed with a long treatment of Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints,” notable for an alto saxophone solo by Joe Ford that assulted the aural cavity but penetrated deeper, to the emotions. - Doug Ramsey
I first heard Joe Ford around 1975 when he was a member of McCoy Tyner's Sextet. It was the band that had Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums…magnificent music. We met during one of Mr. Tyner's gigs at The Showboat in Philadelphia. Joe Ford's music was so inspiring, beautiful, and full of energy. -Newman Taylor Baker
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