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Jamison Ross: Jamison

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The debut album by the winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition isn’t what jazz fans will expect. Jamison Ross, it turns out, is a singer as well, and on Jamison he’s a singer first. But once the confusion subsides, there remains lively, eminently listenable music with a kitchen-sink aesthetic.

The bookends are both slide-guitar blues: Rick Lollar’s electric innervates of Muddy Waters’ “Deep Down in Florida” and the two-part original “Bye Bye Blues” (actually more like gospel, complete with Cory Irvin’s organ). In between are original introspections (“Emotions” and the wordless-vocal “Epiphany”); a standard, “My One and Only Love,” given a Seal-ish neo-soul tincture; covers dressed in sweetness (the Grady Tate-associated “Sack Full of Dreams”) and soul (Carmen Lundy’s “These Things You Are to Me”); and two hard-charging, straight-ahead instrumentals.

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