Anne Kerry Ford’s debut solo from 1996 features Michelle Brourman on piano, with legendary jazz keyboardist Roger Kellaway guesting on several tracks. Ford’s husband, renowned guitarist Robben Ford, produced the recording, which also features the late, great bassist Chuck Domanico, drummer Tom Brechtlein, Jon Crosse on clarinet and David Speltz on cello.
|1||Speak Low||Anne Kerry Ford|
|2||The Folks Who Live On The Hill||Anne Kerry Ford|
|3||A Kiss To Build A Dream On/When I Grow Too Old To Dream||Anne Kerry Ford|
|4||Two For The Road||Anne Kerry Ford|
|5||I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart||Anne Kerry Ford|
|6||Lazy Afternoon||Anne Kerry Ford|
|7||Never Gonna Dance||Anne Kerry Ford|
|8||You Go To My Head||Anne Kerry Ford|
|9||Ain’t Misbehavin’/What A Little Moonlight Can Do||Anne Kerry Ford|
|10||What’s The Use Of Wond’rin’?||Anne Kerry Ford|
|11||Try To Remember/Monologue/I Remember||Anne Kerry Ford|
|12||For All We Know||Anne Kerry Ford|
— Joesph Woodard, "L.A. Times"
“Call them old-fashioned, but these songs gain dignity with age, well-placed innuendoes and all.”
— Joseph Woodard, L.A. Times 3/13/97
“There is a strong body of American songs that have been adopted by jazz musicians and turned into the musical catalogue fondly known as “standards.” But the original identity of these songs, mostly as vintage show tunes, the fruits of Broadway’s pre-TV era heyday, is sometimes overlooked.
That pre-jazz, cabaret-ish style is the road taken by Ojai-based vocalist Anne Kerry Ford on her impressive debut CD, “In the Nest of the Moon.”
Though it’s a polished production, there is a strong homegrown aspect to it, tight down to the title, a translation of the Chumash word “Ojai.” The CD was recently released by a small, Ojai- based company, Illyria Records.
Kerry Ford, the wife of celebrated guitarist Robben Ford, has a clear, controlled voice, a warm vibrato, and no blues or identifiably jazz touches when she approaches tunes such as Kurt Weill’s “Speak Low,” “You Go to My Head.” or “For All We Know” (the 1934 number, not the Carpenters’ hit).
Although she includes Alan Chapman’s 1995 tune “I know I Am but Simmer to Your Heart,” Henry Mancini’s “Two for the Road from 1967, and Stephen Sondheim’s 1966 tune, “I Remember.” the main focus is Broadway circa the ’30s and ’40s.
For those of us steeped in jazz lore, Kerry Ford’s attractive package reminds us whence the repertoire came. For the rest, it’s simply a celebration of American popular song, from outside the prevailing pop mainstream. Call them old-fashioned, but these songs gain dignity with age, well- placed innuendoes and all.”
— Village Voice 6/16/98
“No tricks up this California girl’s sleeve, at least not if “In the Nest of the Moon” is any indication. It’s all soprano, pure and simple. What’s sophisticated is her taste, which runs towards standards like “Lazy Afternoon” and the insinuating Jerome Kern-Dorothy Field “Never Gonna Dance”.”
— Michael Portantiere, “In Theater Magazine”
“Anne Kerry Ford’s “In the Nest of The Moon” displays the singer’s lovely voice in “Speak Low”, “Two For The Road”, “Lazy Afternoon” and nine other cuts. Check out “I Know I Am But Summer To Your heart”, a beautiful song with music by Alan Chapman based on a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay.”
Anne Kerry Ford,a native of Texas, graduated from The Juilliard School when she was only twenty years old and played leading roles in theater throughout the U.S. before being cast in her first starring role in a Broadway musical, playing…