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Ross Hammond & Jay Nair: Songs Of Universal Peace

Read "Songs Of Universal Peace" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If we all practiced a bit if mettā, there would be no war. The Buddha told us this, so did Gandhi, Mother Teresa and John and Alice Coltrane. All these folks realized the practice of mettā--loving kindness, or the wish that all sentient beings be happy and free from suffering--is the path to universal peace. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

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Ross Hammond: Follow Your Heart

Read "Follow Your Heart" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Have you doubted the existence of God? Wondered if there is a place called heaven? You may react to those questions with an emphatic “no," or, if your answer is you have “no doubts," you posses a substance called faith, an article beyond reason and knowledge. Listening to Follow You Heart by guitarist Ross Hammond bolsters ...

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Ross Hammond, Sameer Gupta: Upward

Read "Upward" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Dopo aver pubblicato lo scorso anno il bellissimo Flight, album di sola chitarra acustica dove rivisitava la tradizione blues e gospel nello stile American Primitive, il chitarrista Ross Hammond si prende un'altra vacanza dall'ambiente jazzistico dove è più conosciuto con un nuovo lavoro completamente acustico. Questa volta si fa accompagnare dal percussionista di origini indiane Sameer ...

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Ross Hammond: Flight

Read "Flight" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Ross Hammond è un chitarrista jazz americano molto attivo da una dozzina di anni sulla scena della musica improvvisata in California, dove risiede. Per il suo ultimo CD realizzato in completa solitudine ha voluto effettuare una sorta di ritorno alle radici, andando ad esplorare quel territorio conosciuto come American Primitive Guitar, un misto di folk, blues, ...

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Ross Hammond: Humanity Suite

Read "Humanity Suite" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

La chitarra elettrica di Ross Hammond costituisce l'elemento catalizzatore di questa “Humanity Suite," attraverso un una stratificazione sonora irregolare e dissonante. Privati di un fermo baricentro stilistico, i temi della suite sono costruiti su cellule ampie ed irregolari. Nonostante l'ampio spazio disegnato per la chitarra acida di Hammond, prevale un tessuto timbrico grave dove hanno ampio ...

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Ross Hammond: Humanity Suite

Read "Humanity Suite" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Ross Hammond is building upon his conspicuous artistic persona as a new wave jazz and improvisational guitarist, composer who aligns with fellow West Coast denizens, including seminal Southern California based woodwind ace Vinny Golia and others. With a dozen albums under his belt, the guitarist has exponentially pushed the envelope, largely with great success. He ...

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David Ian: Valentine’s Day

Read "Valentine’s Day" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

"A familiar world of jazz classics with the vintage feel..." Is it possible for jazz to have the same “historically-informed performance" preoccupation as classical music has since the 1970s?. This is not the same as the “period instrument" preoccupation of the same period in classical recording, though they do go hand-in-hand. “Historically informed" means the period ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2012

Read "Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2012" reviewed by Troy Collins

Considering the quantity of recordings released in a year's time, attempting to compile an end of the year list mentioning every first-rate session would be difficult at best. The ten titles included below are among the most exceptional new jazz albums I've heard in 2012.

Jason Robinson
Tiresian Symmetry
Cuneiform Records

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Ross Hammond Quartet: Adored

Read "Adored" reviewed by Troy Collins

Adored is the debut of Sacramento-based guitarist Ross Hammond's Quartet. Although Hammond's previous recordings have featured an array of configurations (ranging from solo recitals to spontaneous improvisations with various West Coast peers), this date is among the most impressive in his growing discography. For the first time, the relatively young guitarist leads an all-star quartet of ...