'Richard Ford uses a panoply of basses on this (mostly) solo album of songs and soundscapes. Using a wide range of tones and instruments , he can create rich images and deep shadow’d atmospheres as on “Dusty Theatre” as well as a dreamy pastoral “Palhaco” with melody used with a piccolo bass. He’s rich and melodic without any extra layers on “Westbeth” while with vocalist Michelle Gonzales creates a misty and mystical “Calango Reco.” He shows his fun and funky side with guests on percussion, keys and voice on George Duke’s R&B beauty “Malibu.” Intimate and personal, yet highly approachable.'
George W Harris, Jazz Weekly
‘Richard coaxes moods and melodies from the bass guitar. This music is both new and reflective. Creating sonics not heard from the bass, transporting the listener in new and often cinematic ways. There is an an unusual familiarity to the sound palettes, textures, but not like anything I’ve heard before. Connecting novel and distinct sound worlds in a unique way.
Richard Ford’s “Basso Profundissimo” is a real treat for the listener.’
Rick Frystak, KPFK Los Angeles
'Catalyzing the transition in approaches is Ford's experimentation with vocals, specifically Costa Rican vocalist Michelle Gonzalez, and the possibilities that emerged therefrom...' ' A fabulous cover of George Duke's “Malibu.” With the singers cooing joyously over a tropical, Brazilian-influenced groove, the rendering's so delicious and spirit-raising you'll wish Ford had crafted a whole album of similar fare...'
'The EP's so packed with tasty bass playing, one imagines it being veritable catnip for budding muses... presents a culminating portrait that's satisfying and diverse.'
'…as a belated personal statement after two decades of studio work it is warm, inviting and persuasive evidence of a composer/player who has that ability to turn sound into something more visceral and visual.'
Graham Reid, Elsewhere, NZ
‘…mightily impressive. Can’t stop listening to Dusty Theatre… I love the way the track teases and there’s something wonderfully dark and threatening about it too.’
(BP2) 'Your music is fucking amazing. Truly. I bloody love it.'
Laurence Kaye, music supervisor, former Director of Film & Media, Universal Music Publ. (Europe)
‘…amazing!!! … this beautiful and original work is something else to my ears entirely. I will listen again and again. Bravo!!!
Paul Rubell, Oscar nominated film editor
‘I just love the place you are on this record. It all feels like home to me. … love that the outcome is as beautiful as it is.’
Steve Kempster, music producer
‘awesome and inspiring’
Paul Broucek, President, music, Warner Bros. Pictures
‘… wonderful album… gorgeous and inviting… fantastic collection of pieces, showcases a huge talent.’
Lyle Workman, Composer and guitarist [Sting, Beck, Todd Rundgren]
’…evocative EP, great (George Duke) cover.’
Garth Trinidad, KCRW, Los Angeles
'Outstanding! Richard has great ideas. His Basso Profondissimo shows a keen feel for mood,
and sharp awareness of nuance.'
Beto Arcos, KPFK, Los Angeles
'This rendition of 'Malibu' took the groove for a long ride in a fresh new vehicle and there's room for everyone.'
Mister G, Greenarrow Radio / WSUM, Madison, WI
'There is an interesting blend of sounds running throughout Richard Fords' latest album. I like how he never rushes, always taking his time with a tune, clearly understanding when to elaborate or to keep simple.'
Jazz Jams CSRfm, UK and International
'This is cool, we’re all over it!!!'
KHSU/Jazz, Arcata, CA
‘I Like Basso Profondissimo very much'
The Jazz Disturbance / WGXC Columbia NY
'I love it!'
Jazz Flight/WQLN, Erie, PA