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Florian Ross

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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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Tunes & Explorations

Label: Toy Piano Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Baking Magels; It Could Happen to You: I Should Care; Honeysuckle Rose; Send In the Clowns; Long Ago and Far Away; If I Should Lose You; Pure Imagination; Fun Ride; Sweet and Lovely; Sister Sadie.

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Florian Ross Octet: Tunes & Explorations

Florian Ross Octet: Tunes & Explorations

I love jazz octets. More than any other ensemble configuration, an octet shows off an arranger's stuff. Unlike a big band, an octet is fully exposed, with individual instruments coming and going rather than full sections broken into chords. In many ways, octets are little big bands—the skeletal version. As a listener, you get to hear ...

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Article: Album Review

Florian Ross: Tunes & Explorations

Read "Tunes & Explorations" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Variety and nostalgia are the essence of Tunes & Explorations, the twenty-second album by German-born composer/arranger Florian Ross who observes his fiftieth anniversary by dipping into the Great American Songbook to revive and reshape for his splendid octet a number of luminous evergreens from the Golden Age of American music. Ross underlines the ...

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Article: Album Review

Florian Ross Octet: Tunes & Explorations

Read "Tunes & Explorations" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Florian Ross is a German-born composer, arranger and jazz pianist who has a fondness for releasing albums with double names which began with his debut release Seasons & Places (Naxos Records, 1998). He has continued with that “idée fixe" in almost every year in which he has delivered a release. This year is no exception; the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Alex Coke, Jeanne Lee, Steve Slagle and Others

Read "Alex Coke, Jeanne Lee, Steve Slagle and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is a largely quieter and more contemplative show featuring a variety of artists such as Alex Coke, Bill Evans, Steve Slagle and Jeanne Lee. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Steve Slagle “The Heart ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Taylor Ho Bynum, Manhattan Transfer, Andrew Hill and others

Read "Taylor Ho Bynum, Manhattan Transfer, Andrew Hill and others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features music from a wide range of artists including Taylor Ho Bynum, Nicole Mitchell, Andrew Hill and Manhattan Transfer among others. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Kenny Wessel Quartet “Bone Dance" from ...

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Article: Album Review

Florian Ross: Architexture

Read "Architexture" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Writing about music has been compared to dancing about architecture, in that it is a supposedly useless task. Writing music about architecture is a worthwhile proposition, though, as shown by this release from German pianist Florian Ross, composing music for his quartet and the Event Wind Ensemble which is inspired by famous architects and buildings he ...

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Reason & Temptation

Label: Toy Piano Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 01 Progress Report; 02 Dandelion; 03 Ignorance is Bliss; 04 Rondo #4; 05 Shallow; 06 Teriyaki Terrier; 07 Reckoning; 08 Celeste; 09 Make a Swish; 10 Broomstick; 11 U.A.F.; 12 Reckoning (alt); 13 Fever Dream

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Architexture

Label: Naxos Of America, Inc
Released: 2020
Track listing: Alvaro; Richard; Maya; Antoni; Development One; Glebe Cottage; Development Two; Development Three; Daniel; Development Four; Brinkwells Cottage; Oscar.


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