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Take Five with Florian Ross

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About Florian Ross: Born in 1972, Florian studied piano and composition in jny: Cologne, jny: London and New York. Since 1998 he has released 18 albums featuring both small and large ensembles and written over 350 commissioned compositions and arrangements for large jazz ensembles. He received the prestigious Thad Jones Composition Competition Award in 2000 and the WDR Jazz Composition prize in 2006. His commissioned works include pieces for the German NDR and WDR big bands, the Netherlands ...

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Florian Ross Trio: Pigs & Fairies

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As a composer, German-born pianist Florian Ross seldom strays from the musical basics: melody, harmony, rhythm. As a performer, however, he uses those same basics to fashion a broad palette of sound, coming at the listener from a variety of routes and angles cannily designed to deepen an over-all mood of singularity and anticipation. On Pigs & Fairies, his fourteenth recording since 1998 and third as leader of his trio, Ross uses every weapon at his disposal, ...

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Florian Ross Quintet: Lines & Crosscurrents

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Although you'd be hard-pressed to pick Florian Ross' quintet out of a lineup, the German-based helmsman wrests as much color and contrast as can be envisioned from a group that includes himself on piano or synthesizer, Markus Segschneider on pedal steel guitar and Niels Klein on clarinet, bass clarinet or tenor sax. If the music on Lines & Crosscurrents veers at times toward smooth jazz, it never quite crosses that line, thanks mostly to Ross's perceptive charts and the quintet's ...

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Florian Ross: Front Room Songs

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The use of overdubs isn't really the norm on jazz recordings, but it is an accepted practice. Very often it can simply involve a horn player adding a line here or there, providing some finishing touches to music that was mostly-done already, but every now and then it goes well beyond that point. Piano legend Bill Evans, for example, charted a new course when he delivered Conversations With Myself (Verve, 1963), which featured Evans atop Evans on record.

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Florian Ross Big Company: Ties & Loose Ends

Read "Ties & Loose Ends" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The late pitcher Satchel Paige once offered this sound advice: “Never look over your shoulder; someone may be gaining on you." Nowadays, those who seem to be gaining the most ground when it comes to big-band jazz are Europeans and Asians who've been listening closely to and learning from their peers in the States and using that knowledge to build a better mouse trap, so to speak. Composer / arranger Florian Ross, based in Cologne, Germany, had been writing and ...

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The Little and Big of Florian Ross

Read "The Little and Big of Florian Ross" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

German pianist/composer Florian Ross has been making provocative music since his early Naxos Jazz recordings. He is a rolling stone, moving from one format to the next, always bringing something new and leaving something newer. Florian Ross Elektrio Wheels and Wires Fuhrwerk- Musik 2013 The organ trio, specifically that of the organ-guitar-drums variety, has proven to be as durable an instrument format as it has a fertile ground from the whole ...

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Florian Ross: Mechanism

Read "Mechanism" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Florian Ross has been a contributing member of the international jazz community since 1998, when he released three provocative discs on the Naxos Jazz label (Seasons and Places (1998), Suite for Soprano Sax and String Orchestra (1999), and Lilacs and Laughter (2000)) that showed the German pianist/composer as a composer of great depth and breadth. A decade and several recordings later, Ross has made his way to perhaps his best-suited label, Pirouet. Mechanism is a solo piano recording that occasionally ...

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Florian Ross Trio: Big Fish & Small Pond

Read "Big Fish & Small Pond" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

In the year before I loaded Florian Ross's Big Fish & Small Pond onto the iPod, I listened to a lot of other new piano trio releases. Even one led by another guy called Florian: Florian Weber's Minsarah ( Justin Time, 2006). Most of these records were somewhere between good and very good, but few were truly great. Indeed, the best was Enrico Pieranunzi's Untold Story (EGEA, 2006), which was already a thirteen-year-old recording. Brad Mehldau's House on Hill (Nonesuch, ...

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Florian Ross Quintet: Home & Some Other Place

Read "Home & Some Other Place" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

If one overwhelming quality leaps out of the music of Florian Ross, it is his skill as a composer. He has a finely attuned sense for narrative and his pieces are rich in harmonic detail. Most of his music flows with a calm resplendence, yet he can pump up the pulse and get into a harder groove without losing the emotive essence.

Ross also has a gift for orchestrated arrangements. His ensemble lines are lush and seamless, filled ...

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Florian Ross Trio: Blinds & Shades

Read "Blinds & Shades" reviewed by John Kelman

Still only in his early thirties, pianist Florian Ross is emerging as a pianist and composer worthy of serious attention. His latest trio release, Blinds & Shades, delivers on the promise of his earlier Naxos Jazz recordings with a set that is challenging, while at the same time constantly engaging.

Amongst the artists he has studied with are Don Friedman, Jim McNeely and John Taylor. It is the Taylor connection that is especially evident in this set: impressionistic and romantic, ...

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The Florian Ross Brass Project: Lilacs and Laughter

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The Florian Ross Brass Project isn’t exactly a big band; on the other hand, it’s not a small group either. More like a big band in search of a reed section. The FRBP is comprised of eleven musicians, eight brass and three rhythm, under the baton of German conductor Manfred Knaak. Seven are from from Germany, three from the U.S. and one from Holland. What they play are thirteen compositions / arrangements by pianist Ross that include a chorale, fanfare, ...

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Florian Ross Brass Project: Lilacs and Laughter

Read "Lilacs and Laughter" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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 ...


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