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Highly anticipated vibraphonist, Joel Ross is making waves across the nation. The Chicago native has performed with notable jazz musicians that include Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, Stefon Harris, Gerald Clayton, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and many others. Ross has been twice selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star and a 2013 YoungArts Jazz Finalist. He has had the opportunity to perform at the Brubeck, the Monterey and Chicago Jazz Festivals, along with performing at venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York, SF Jazz in San Francisco, Club Vibrato in Los Angeles and a host of others

Dimensional Stardust

Label: International Anthem/Nonesuch
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sun Core Tet (Parable 99); A Wrinkle In Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling; Galaxy 1000; The Careening Prism Within (Parable 43); Abstract Dark Energy (Parable 9); Parable of Inclusion; Dimensional Stardust (Parable 33); Minerals Bionic Stereo; Parable 3000 (We All Come From Somewhere Else); Autumn Pleiades.

Broken Circles

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sustained Optimism; Broken Circles; Separation; Compassion; Triumph of Society; Gloomy Sunday; Empty Words; Intro; Half Past Five; Kids; Sky Is The Limit (for Damir).

The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella

Label: Giant Steps Art
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD 1: A Lady and Gentleman in Black (Rembrandt); Cortege and Environs do Florence (Degas); La Sortie de Pesage (Degas); Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee (Rembrandt); A French Imperial Eagle Finial; Chez Tortoni (Manet). CD 2: Program for an Artistic Soiree (Degas); An Ancient Chinese Gu; The Concert (Vermeer); Landscape with an Obelisk (Flinck); Self Portrait (Rembrandt); Three Mounted Jockeys (Degas).

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Releases and a Celebration of Joni Mitchell

Read "New Releases and a Celebration of Joni Mitchell" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The autumn harvest of new releases continues with recordings by Alan Broadbent, Brandi Disterheft, Joel Ross, The Royal Bopsters, Mary Halvorson's Code Girl, Richard Baratta, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Rebecca Hennessy, Tom Oren and Fred Hersch, with birthday shoutouts to Lauren Henderson, Sarah Jerrom, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Kitty Margolis, Chris Connor and as always, Joni Mitchell. Thanks ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Philip Dizack: If Our Perspective Is Right Then We’re Always in Complete Humility

Read "Philip Dizack: If Our Perspective Is Right Then We’re Always in Complete Humility" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Trumpeter Philip Dizack (named by Downbeat Magazine as “[one of twenty-five] Trumpet Players for the Future") on how he thinks about playing, teaching ("preparing for teaching is the most helpful thing that I've ever done for myself"), practicing ("the more specific your questions are, the more specific your answers will become"), potential ("I hear so far ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Makaya McCraven: Cross Border Traffic

Read "Makaya McCraven: Cross Border Traffic" reviewed by Chris May

Like his near contemporaries Shabaka Hutchings, Kamasi Washington, Nubya Garcia and Robert Glasper, the Chicago-based drummer, bandleader, producer and self-declared beat scientist Makaya McCraven is routinely described by the more breathless commentators writing about modern music as a “saviour" of jazz. Certainly, McCraven and his peers are enriching jazz by their embrace of other ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Makaya McCraven: Universal Beings E&F Sides

Read "Universal Beings E&F Sides" reviewed by Chris May

Universal Beings E&F Sides is an addendum to drummer and producer Makaya McCraven's paradigm-shifting underground hit Universal Beings (International Anthem, 2018). That album was a double (four sides: A, B, C and D). The new album is a single (two sides: E and F). Geddit? Most, but not all, of the tracks on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Walter Smith III: In Common 2

Read "In Common 2" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The musical paths of saxophonist/composer Walter Smith III and guitarist/composer Matthew Stevens have crossed on many occasions over the years, touring and recording together in their respective bands and those of Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Terence Blanchard, Dave Douglas and Terri Lynne Carrington. They first recorded together in 2017, convening a stellar band to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jason Palmer: The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella

Read "The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On March 18, 1990, two thieves went into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and made off with thirteen works of art, paintings and drawings by masters such as Rembrandt, Degas and Vermeer plus a couple of antique artifacts. To this day, the works have never been recovered and the museum still keeps the empty ...


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