Manhattan Blues

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Manhattan Blues
Manhattan Blues.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedMarch 4, 1989
StudioA&R Studios, NYC
ProducerMark Morganelli
Ricky Ford chronology
Hard Groovin'
Manhattan Blues
Ebony Rhapsody
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times4/5 stars[2]

Manhattan Blues is an album by saxophonist Ricky Ford.

Recording and music[edit]

Manhattan Blues was recorded on March 4, 1989, in New York City.[3] It is a quartet recording, with leader Ricky Ford (tenor sax) joined by Jaki Byard (piano), Milt Hinton (bass), and Ben Riley (drums).[2] Six of the nine tracks are Ford originals.[2] The album was released on CD by Candid Records.[3]


The Los Angeles Times reviewer commented that Ford combined "modern and traditional values into a very appealing style".[2] For AllMusic, Scott Yanow summarised it as "Stimulating music".[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "In Walked Bud" (Thelonious Monk)
  2. "Misty" (Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke)
  3. "Ode to Crispus Attucks" (Ricky Ford)
  4. "Portrait of Mingus" (Ford)
  5. "Bop Nouveau" (Ford)
  6. "My Little Strayhorn" (Ford)
  7. "Manhattan Blues" (Ford)
  8. "Land Preserved" (Ford)
  9. "Half Nelson" (Miles Davis)


  • Ricky Ford – tenor sax
  • Jaki Byard – piano
  • Milt Hinton – bass
  • Ben Riley – drums


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott "Ricky Ford – Manhattan Blues". AllMusic. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Stewart, Zan (May 6, 1990) "Album Reviews". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ a b "Candid Records Catalog: 79000 series". Retrieved June 6, 2017.