Flying Colors (Ricky Ford album)

Flying Colors is an album by saxophonist Ricky Ford which was recorded in 1980 and released on the Muse label.[1][2][3]

Flying Colors
Studio album by
RecordedApril 24, 1980
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
MR 5227
ProducerBob Porter
Ricky Ford chronology
Manhattan Plaza
Flying Colors
Tenor for the Times


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[5]

The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide said: "Perhaps the best view of Ford the improviser is afforded on Flying Colors, a first-class program of music by Strayhorn, Ellington and Monk."[5] The AllMusic review by Scott Yanow stated: "Ricky Ford was one of the top tenors to emerge during the '70s and early '80s. This Muse set finds him matched with a top-notch rhythm section ... It was a fine showcase for the up-and-coming tenor".[4]

Track listing

All compositions by Ricky Ford except where noted

  1. "Jordanian Walk" – 8:26
  2. "Chelsea Bridge" (Billy Strayhorn) – 4:25
  3. "Take the Coltrane" (Duke Ellington) – 4:36
  4. "Bye-Ya" (Thelonious Monk) – 5:45
  5. "Olympic Glaze" – 4:55
  6. "Portrait of Mingus" – 4:25
  7. "Flying Colors" – 4:15



  1. Muse LP series discography: 5200 to 5249 accessed September 27, 2017
  2. Muse Records listing, accessed September 27, 2017
  3. Jazzlists: Ricky Ford discography, accessed September 27, 2017
  4. Yanow, Scott. Ricky Ford: Flying Colors – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  5. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 78. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
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