Robben Ford is an American rock, blues and jazz guitarist. Ex-member of fusion pioneers Yellojackets, he is admired for his solo works but also known for his collaborations with giants of music like Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and many others. He comes from a generation of Californian musicians who contributed to eliminate boundaries between different genres, often writing and performing timeless music that will stand the test of time.
Bill Evans is an American saxophone player. Not to be confused with the legendary piano player of the same name. Evans (as the "other" Bill Evans) has contributed to various Miles Davis albums. In particular the iconic "We Want Miles" as well as "Star People" and "Decoy". He has played, toured and recorded with artists such as Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Ian Anderson, Randy Brecker, Steve Lukather of Toto and The Allman Brothers Band.
Ford and Evans have shared the stage in Europe, North America and even Japan and already released one album The Sun Room together in 2019 (earMUSIC). With Common Ground they continue their creative relationship as Bill Evans explains. "Every now and then, like-minded musicians are able to get together in the studio or on the same stage and create interesting music together. It's the blending of each other's influences and styles, and the will to create something new and fresh that can turn this 'creative meeting' into something special. I believe myself and Robben share that same ideology. Robben and I both love all kinds of music whether it's classic blues, soul, rock and roll, you name it. This openness to combine different kinds of music and create something musical and special is what brought me and Robben together in the first place. Robben composed some of the most inspiring music I've played in a long time. Our writing styles blend seamlessly."
The title track features the vocals of popular German singer Max Mutzke.