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Joel Ross: KingMaker (Blue Note)

The balance of handsome melody and harmony with fractured rhythm on KingMaker augurs exciting things from 23-year-old vibraphonist Joel Ross. Actually, it is exciting in itself. The album is Ross’ debut, after previous high-profile appearances with drummer Makaya McCraven and pianist James Francies. Like those two young pioneers, he’s got a terrific concept in the … Read More “Joel Ross: KingMaker (Blue Note)”

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Walter Smith III/Matthew Stevens/Joel Ross/Harish Raghavan/Marcus Gilmore: In Common (Whirlwind)

If you keep up with current developments in jazz, you’ve heard the five players in this collective ensemble in their roles as sidemen in cutting-edge bands: tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III and bassist Harish Raghavan with Ambrose Akinmusire; guitarist Matthew Stevens with Linda May Han Oh; vibraphonist Joel Ross with Marquis Hill; drummer Marcus Gilmore … Read More “Walter Smith III/Matthew Stevens/Joel Ross/Harish Raghavan/Marcus Gilmore: In Common (Whirlwind)”

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