Like most live blues records, Robben Fords new Soul on Ten has its longeurs, but Ford can say more with a chord voicing than most guitarists can express with a five-minute solo. Hes a genial but limited singer with a feel for blues history, which means he gets his point across without making a big deal out of it. And Ford is a dazzling player, whether hes tossing off straight-up licks out of Hendrix and Albert King or ruminating with the help of his efficient trio. Soul on Ten is a tour de force of 60s electric blues guitar, complete with standards including Spoonful and Baby What You Want Me to Do and less familiar material on the order of Elmore James Baby Please Set a Date. Ford is a wonder of nature, and worth hearing in any context.
Sat., Aug. 22, 8 p.m., 2009