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Robben Ford: Into The Sun

With a little help from his friends.

Every Robben Ford album is a self-contained adventure. And although his warm guitar reverb acts as a common thread, his style can be as diverse as his early CV, which runs from Mike Bloomfield to Miles Davis via Tom Scott, George Harrison and Joni Mitchell. But it certainly separates the man from the session guys.

Latest album Into The Sun takes a while to loosen up, but once the guests show up it begins to swing. Justified is a jaunty, cryptic take on gospel with Keb Mo and Robert Randolph.

On Breath Of Me, a soulful ballad, he swoops and soars around singer ZZ Ward before cooing to himself for a while. And he chews the cud satisfyingly with Warren Haynes on High Heels And Throwing Things./o:p

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Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.