229

Florian Ross Brass Project: Lilacs and Laughter

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Fixtures. Florian Ross has shown up as leader on three Naxos Jazz releases. The two previous to this one are the Florian Ross Quintet Seasons and Places (86029) and Florian Ross Suite for Soprano Saxophone and String Orchestra (86037). Florian Ross’ musical conception is as broad as that of Uri Caine who has most recently been investigation the jazz elements of Gustav Mahler and Tin Pan Alley. Ross’ style can best be described as exploratory. His quintet recording is very much avant-garde and modern. His suite for soprano saxophone was probing and free. Lilacs and Laughter is his most fully realized project to date. It is an effective mixture of mainstream jazz and classical brass ensemble. Not exactly third stream, but a genre-buster to be sure.

Ross’ piano is for the most part introspective. His playing and writing are precise. His horn ensemble operates with the cohesiveness of a classical ensemble. Of note are the “Vamps” he includes. These are finely crafted musical vignettes, tone and rhythm pictures. This is interesting and intelligent music. Look out, Uri.


Track Listing: Opening Chorale; Opening Fanfare; Lilacs And Laughter; Vamp 1; Mutual Recognition; Rondo #5 Four Is A Company; At The Movies; Vamp 2; Vamp 3; Old New City; Vamp 4; Aldersong (Encore). (Total Time: 73:49)

Personnel: Florian Ross: Piano; Ingold Burkhardt, Claus Stotter, Eric Vloeimans: Trumpets; Christine Chapman, Ruth Funke: French Horns; Jurgen Neudert, Nils Wogram: Trombones; Ed Partyka: Bass Trombone, Tuba; Ingmar Heller: Bass; John Hollenbeck: Drums; Manfred Knaak: Conductor.

| Style: Fringes of Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 1" CD/LP/Track Review The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 1
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 30, 2016
Read "Flying Machines" CD/LP/Track Review Flying Machines
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 29, 2016
Read "Rope" CD/LP/Track Review Rope
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 6, 2016
Read "Everything's Gonna Be Great" CD/LP/Track Review Everything's Gonna Be Great
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 17, 2016
Read "Faith" CD/LP/Track Review Faith
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: May 9, 2016
Read "Source" CD/LP/Track Review Source
by Eyal Hareuveni
Published: August 25, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!