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Clay Ross

Brooklyn based guitarist and composer Clay Ross is carving a unique niche for himself on the international music scene. His passion for music has taken him far from his South Carolina Roots and lead him to embrace influences from around the world. He has toured extensively as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador and as a member of Cyro Baptista’s world renowned percussion ensemble “Beat the Donkey.” With his new group, “Matuto,” Clay mixes the best of bluegrass and baiao for a sound like a carnival in the Appalachian mountains. After studying classical composition at the College of Charleston, Clay became an integral part of the South Carolina jazz scene

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Ranky Tanky: Good Time

Read "Good Time" reviewed by John Bricker

The West African phrase Ranky Tanky roughly translates to “get funky" or “work it," according to the band's website. The band earns this title with danceable blends of gospel and jazz, celebrating the Gullah culture found in their home state of South Carolina. Although Good Time delivers more infectious energy than their self-titled debut, Ranky Tanky ...

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Ranky Tanky: African Rhythms Preserved

Read "Ranky Tanky: African Rhythms Preserved" reviewed by Martin McFie

Liberia, the West African country named for freedom, was partly financed by wealthy Americans as a haven for people who escaped enslavement. Its capital Monrovia was named for US President Monroe. The Gola (also called Gula) tribe are indigenous to the northern borderlands of Liberia with Sierra Leone. The Gola people are farmers who weave swamp ...

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Guitarist Clay Ross Debuts at the Legendary Blue Note Jazz Club

Guitarist Clay Ross Debuts at the Legendary Blue Note Jazz Club

Guitarist, vocalist, and composer, Clay Ross makes his Blue Note debut on Friday, April 30th as part of the clubs Late Night Groove Series with his band Matuto. The South Carolina native and Brooklyn resident released an album of the same name late last August on Ropeadope Records. The album is a mix of originals and ...

Matuto

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2009
Track listing: Recife; What a Day; Remember Calabash; Banks of the Ohio; Zydaco Mondo; Church Street Blues; Maria's Lullaby; Home Sweet Home; John the Revelator; Dream of Life; Feel, Like a Song.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Clay Ross: Matuto

Read "Matuto" reviewed by Greg Camphire

In Brazilian Portuguese, matuto signifies a backwoods country hillbilly. Guitarist, vocalist and South Carolina native Clay Ross knows a thing or two about these types of folks, and finds common ground between their counterparts across the equator on Matuto, his eclectic debut for Ropeadope Records. Ross is something of a polymath, handling guitar, ...

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Jazz Honors The Beatles

Read "Jazz Honors The Beatles" reviewed by Michael Ricci

When The Beatles first emerged at the forefront of The British Invasion, few could have predicted the impact they'd have beyond the world of rock and pop. Early albums, and songs like “Love Me Do," “She Loves You" and “I Want to Hold Your Hand," were hardly the grist for something more. But by ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Clay Ross Celebrates His New Release "Matuto" at Joe's Pub on August 25

Guitarist Clay Ross Celebrates His New Release "Matuto" at Joe's Pub on August 25

Guitarist, Vocalist, and Composer Clay Ross Celebrates the Release of His Forthcoming Album Matuto With an Evening of Brazilian Carnival Meets Appalachia at Joe's Pub on August 25“Clay Ross thinks like a poet, writes like a novelist, and plays the guitar like a master." - JambaseMatuto (ma-two-toe) is Brazilian slang for country ...


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