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Florian Ross Trio: Pigs & Fairies

Read "Pigs & Fairies" reviewed by Jack Bowers

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.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Florian Ross Quintet: Lines & Crosscurrents

Read "Lines & Crosscurrents" reviewed by Jack Bowers

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Moers Festival 2014

Read "Moers Festival 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Moers Festival
Moers , Germany
June, 6-9, 2014

Moers is a small city of about 100,000 inhabitants at the periphery of the former mining and industrial Ruhrpott area in Germany, about 40 km from the Dutch border and near the cities of Duisburg and Düsseldorf. Moers Festival, a four-day annual event always ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Jazz Quanta: January

Read "Jazz Quanta: January" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The beauty of having written for All About Jazz since the early years is that I was given one of the first personal columns, “Bailey's Bundles," as named by publisher Michael Ricci. I have used it mostly for thematically-based multiple record reviews, then my end-of-the-year lists. As the years sped on, I began to concentrate on ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Florian Ross: Front Room Songs

Read "Front Room Songs" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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 ...

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 ...

Take Five With Otmar Binder

Read "Take Five With Otmar Binder" reviewed by Otmar Binder

Meet Otmar Binder:

I live in Vienna, Austria and work mainly as an theater accompanist. This includes writing film music and songwriting for myself as well as others. As a piano teacher, I focus on songwriting and piano playing for singers and actors.

Instrument(s):

Piano and vocals.

Teachers and/or influences?

I ...

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, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Anette von Eichel: Golightly

Read "Golightly" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Un viaggio in treno imminente, la necessità di una buona lettura per non annoiarsi, l'acquisto nella libreria della stazione di “Colazione da Tiffany" di Truman Capote ed ecco servito Golightly. Sì, perché il CD in questione non è altro che il ritratto musicale di Miss Holly Golightly, l'eroina impersonata da Audrey Hepburn che tanto ha ammaliato Annette von Eichel da ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Mike Nock: Making Music Flow from the River Within

Read "Mike Nock: Making Music Flow from the River Within" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It almost seems as if there's no other place on earth like it. New Zealand is truly breathtaking, with its diverse geography of mountains, beaches, green plains and forests forming a complex triptych where different strains of nature melt into a sublime scenario. And then there there's the water, the ever-flowing source of life, finding its ...