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Florian Ross

Born in 1972, he studied piano and composition in Cologne, London and New York with John Taylor, Joachim Ullrich, Bill Dobbins, Django Bates, Don Friedman and Jim McNeely. The first of Ross's six albums was released in 1998 under his own name. Ross's recordings look closely at both the multifaceted jazz tradition and his extraordinary handling of contemporary material. In all formations, from trio to quintet, from string orchestra to brass ensemble, Ross succeeds in reconciling two seemingly different musical forms: improvised and composed. While many of his European colleagues consider it a virtue to distance themselves from the mainstream, another camp makes an effort to continue the American jazz tradition in Europe as authentically as possible

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Swallows & Swans

Featuring the music of Florian Ross
Duration: 9:52

Florian Ross Quintet featuring Kristin Berardi. Kristin Berardi: voice; Matthew Halpin: Saxophone; Florian Ross: piano; Dietmar Fuhr: bass; Hans Dekker: drums.

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Take Five with Florian Ross

Read "Take Five with Florian Ross" reviewed by Florian Ross

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 ...

Swallows & Swans

Label: Toy Piano Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 01 Midway 02 Horologe of Eternity 03 Recurring Dream 04 Swallows 05 Solid Air 06 Looking Inward 07 Cold Smoke 08 Albatros 09 The Silver Swan 10 Kolibri 11 Trip to the Watercooler 12 The Lark in the Clear Sky

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Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part XI

Read "Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part XI" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Kris Adams We Should Have Danced Self Produced 2018 There is a special significance to Kris Adams's release We Should Have Danced. The recording features Adam's original lyrics with arrangements by pianist Tim Ray, of compositions of the late Steve Prosser, Adams' former husband and Berklee College of Music professor. ...

Pigs & Fairies

Label: Toy Piano Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Spamtrails; Slow Thinker; Spinning Kenny; Triumph of Spectacle; Trip-wire; Calm; No Pun Intended; Until Then; Miasma; Friction; Think Slower.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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.

Lines & Crosscurrents

Label: Toy Piano Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Arp I; Exhibit A; Augmented Reality; Etch-a-Sketch; Moxel; Manifold; Greenland; Novachord; Venture Cabinet; Driftwood; Rough Patch; Arp II.

ARTICLE: ALBUM 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 ...

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Moers Festival 2014

Read "Moers Festival 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Moers Festival Moers , GermanyJune, 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 ...


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