One Track Mind: Robben Ford, “Cut You Loose” from A Day in Nashville (2014)

From an aptly named album, Robben Ford’s new track “Cut You Loose” sounds like what it is: A knee-slappingly fun good time, recorded of a piece — like a live album, but without the crowd noise.

Ford takes this cool-rocking song, memorably recorded by James Cotton, into a funkier place, thanks to boiling asides from organist Ricky Peterson and a hoot of a turn by trombone player Barry Green. It’s city blues, but with a greasy soul-jazz vibe. Then Ford, who’s worked with everyone from George Harrison to Kiss, from Joni Mitchell to Miles Davis, steps forward for the kind of solo that he always makes sound so effortless.

It isn’t, of course. Ford needed every one of those many experiences, every mile marker zipping by on the road, to gain the kind of sweeping knowledge — not to mention the encyclopedic range of emotion — required to claim this familiar song as his own, to speak through his guitar with such seemingly effortless command.

What he didn’t need, however, was much time. Ford accomplished all of this in the most unusual of settings — at least in these modern times. Together with Peterson, Green, drummer Wes Little and bassist Brian Allen, the guitarist recorded this album, all nine tracks, in a single day. Thus, the title: A Day in Nashville, the follow up to 2013’s Bringing It Back Home, is due March 4 via Mascot-Provogue.

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