Seth Ford-Young

A rhythmic catalyst on the Bay Area music scene for nearly two decades, Seth Ford-Young has been a whirlwind of activity, collaborating with a dazzling cross section of improvisers and singer/songwriters (Tom Waits, Mark Growden, Sean Hayes). On his eponymous debut for Porto Franco, Ford-Young gathers a superlative cast for a program of Gypsy jazz inflected tunes, featuring Tin Hat accordion master Rob Reich, former Turtle Island Quartet and Hot Club of San Francisco violinist Evan Price and ace rhythm guitarist Jason Vanderford. While Ford-Young can swing with abandon, he's interested in exploring the softer side of Gypsy jazz, combining the transparent textures and dynamic subtlety of chamber music with the ebullient bounce perfected by Django Reinhardt.

Seth Ford-Young  (2011)