This solo recording features arrangements of great melodies by some of the most influential song writers and lyricists including Richard Rodgers, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, George and Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern. I have grown up with these songs and in their day some were pop tunes such as Alfie and What A Wonderful World, the latter being a song I performed on the guitar at school my first gig! The opening track, With A Song In My Heart, became famous in the UK as the theme tune for the long-running BBC radio show, Family Favourites, which I clearly remember hearing most Sunday evenings!
Two For The Road by Henry Mancini, which I heard on a Pat Methany album a few years back and more recently on a recording by Martin Taylor and Alan Barnes, is relatively new to me. I was delighted at having the opportunity of recording this song with Martin on my album. He has been a huge influence for me over many years, in particularly his sense of jazz harmony and rhythm and yet staying true to both the song and melody.
I considered calling this album “Melody Matters” as melody is important to me and my music. Harmonically I have always been drawn to chordal arrangements whether it be in the context of a big band or smaller ensembles and soloists such as Oscar Petersen Joe Pass or Pat Methany. One of the less well known songs on this recording is “Evening In Paris” by Quincy Jones. I originally heard this as a big band number but have always been impressed by the haunting melody and the original big band arrangement.
I do hope you enjoy my interpretations of these classic tunes.
ALBUM REVIEW BY MARTIN TAYLOR (Award winning Jazz guitarist)
A nice plug for Marcus Ford’ solo album by world class guitarist, Martin Taylor on the Martin Taylor Guitar Academy site…
“Marcus Ford has just released his first solo CD. It’s a beautifully reflective album of standards played on nylon string guitar. Although this is a solo guitar CD I was delighted to be able to play on one track with Marcus, a duo version of “Two For The Road” a tune popular among students here at the MTGA.
Marcus has a beautiful touch and tone on nylon string guitar, very reminiscent of Earl Klugh and Gene Bertoncini, and he also has a great knowledge of re-harmonisation. I recommend this CD to all solo guitar players, there’s a lot of inspiring playing here. Congratulations Marcus!