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Michael Ross

Get a good sound, swing hard and play the bass like a bass. So says Michael Ross about his one and only instrument: double bass. Ross has been living those words for some 37 years, and speaks them with conviction as his fourth album, Ginger, is released. Ginger is a tight 41 minutes of top-quality, (mostly) acoustic jazz. Ross is joined (in quintet, quartet and trio settings) by a stalwart lineup of players that include some of the best in Florida and elsewhere: saxophonist/flutist Danny Jordan, pianist William Evans, guitarist LaRue Nickelson and drummer Walt Hubbard. Ginger puts Ross’ bedrock musical qualities on vivid display: his far-reaching talents as a composer; an ability to incorporate his own playing, a sublime blend of muscle and fluidity, into an ensemble concept; and, when called for, to take center stage as a fleet and inventive soloist

Album

Dog Eat Dog

Label: Cooper Alport Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: Wee Zee, Nadja, Unknown Warrior, A Jew's Blues, Dog Eat Dog, Spherical, I Thought I Knew, Suzie Faye, LaBooGaLoo, Raymond, Battling Levinsky

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Article: Album Review

Michael Ross Quartet: Dog Eat Dog

Read "Dog Eat Dog" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Dog Eat Dog opens up with the song "Wee Zee"; and the high energy sound is a bit akin to a power rock trio (with very overqualified musicians, for that genre) who went out and found themselves an inspired, hard-blowing sax man. Power jazz. Driving rhythms that jiggle the marrow in your bones; urgent, full-bodied rhythms, ...


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