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Jon Raskin, Ross Hammond, Clifford Childers, Dana Wendel: Space and Time Blues

Read "Space and Time Blues" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On the captivating Space and Time Blues saxophonist Jon Raskin, with three equally adventurous colleagues, puts a uniquely intriguing twist on country blues. The heavily improvised release is made up of seven interconnected parts each with a picturesque title. The result is a cinematic and evocative suite filled with warmth and spontaneity. Opening the album with a dramatic sense, “Amongst The Reeds" starts off with collective tolling sounds reminiscent of church bells. Within the somber mood that drummer ...

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Ross Hammond: Our Place On The Wheel

Read "Our Place On The Wheel" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Dopo alcuni anni di gavetta come chitarrista e improvvisatore jazz, il chitarrista Ross Hammond ha deciso di dedicarsi prevalentemente a un genere identificabile come American Primitive Guitar, termine inizialmente introdotto da John Fahey per indicare uno stile che ha le sue radici nella tradizione country e blues, mescolata con materiale non tradizionale di diversa estrazione, come la musica classica europea e i raga indiani, ma seguendo sempre un approccio spontaneo e non accademico (da qui deriva il termine Primitive). Lo ...

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The Flatland Quartet: Songs From The Urban Forest

Read "Songs From The Urban Forest" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The members of The Flatland Quartet are not only accomplished improvisers, they are socially aware artists. Their activism permeates Songs From The Urban Forest. This is not only because the proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Sacramento Food Bank. All six interrelated pieces are simultaneously abstract and earthy, marked by a sublime balance of the cerebral and the emotive. Opening the set is “Joe Hill's Last and Final Will." It is built around the poem ...

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Ross Hammond & Jay Nair: Hope

Read "Hope" reviewed by Mark Corroto

We are all one people. That bears reiterating, and is probably why 12-string steel guitarist Ross Hammond and Indian Carnatic singer Jay Nair have repeated their musical collaboration; Hope follows the duo's 2018 release Songs of Universal Peace (Prescott Recordings) as they reconvene to spread their message once again. One may ask what does an Appalachian folk/delta blues guitarist have in common with a classical Indian Hindu singer? Well nothing, yet everything. Just as John Coltrane borrowed from ...

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Ross Hammond - Oliver Lake - Mike Pride: Our Place On The Wheel

Read "Our Place On The Wheel" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Let's make the blues great again. Like a certain political slogan from the 2016 election, the blues, like America, has always been great. Guitarist Ross Hammond's blues are also analogous to the American experience, with his diverse and heterogeneous perspective. His trio recording Our Place On The Wheel reflects this variegated approach. The 'great' part is that Hammond's compositions are communicated through a dream team trio. His steel guitar is matched by jazz master saxophonist Oliver Lake of World Saxophone ...

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Ross Hammond & Jon Bafus: Masonic Lawn

Read "Masonic Lawn" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Ross Hammond's radar blip keeps flickering across a multi-genre display the past several years, whether leading experimental jazz ensembles or morphing pre-conceived boundaries into other spheres. The Sacramento-based artist has performed with composer, reedman Vinnie Golia, drummer Mike Pride and a host of other cutting-edge progressive jazz heroes. On this release, Hammond unites his multifaceted musical persona with like-minded drummer Jon Bafus for a hip, roots-driven session that is a limited-CD release (only 50 copies) yet available as a ...

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Ross Hammond: in solo e in duo con Vinny Golia

Read "Ross Hammond: in solo e in duo con Vinny Golia" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Dopo diversi anni di attività svolta principalmente nell'ambito del jazz e della musica improvvisata, il chitarrista Ross Hammond ha recentemente intrapreso una nuova direzione musicale abbandonando temporaneamente la chitarra elettrica in favore dello strumento acustico, in versione 12 corde o resofonica, e ha inciso una serie di album per chitarra acustica tra i più belli degli ultimi anni. Ci siamo già occupati dei primi due da lui realizzati, Flight e Upward; diamo ora un'occhiata ai due lavori successivi, recentemente pubblicati ...


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