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Going Solo

by Marcus Ford

A very relaxing album played on classical guitar featuring some classic tunes and includes a guest appearance by jazz guitarist Martin Taylor.
Genre: Easy Listening: Mood Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. With a Song in My Heart
4:15 $0.99
2. Waltz for Debbie
3:20 $0.99
3. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
3:41 $0.99
4. The Folks That Live On the Hill
3:17 $0.99
5. Someone to Watch Over Me
4:39 $0.99
6. Black Orpheus
3:45 $0.99
7. Two for the Road (feat. Martin Taylor)
5:47 $0.99
8. Evening in Paris
3:35 $0.99
9. O Grande Amor
3:28 $0.99
10. I'm All Smiles
3:20 $0.99
11. Bluesette
3:32 $0.99
12. Alfie
3:10 $0.99
13. What a Wonderful World
2:42 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This solo recording features arrangements 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 the album as he has been a huge inspiration to me over many years.

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 and have always been drawn to its haunting melody.

I do hope you enjoy my interpretation of these classic tunes.



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