The Jazz Mann | Joel Ross - debut album and UK and European live dates, July 2019. | News | The Jazz Mann

Accessibility Menu


Joel Ross - debut album and UK and European live dates, July 2019.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

We have received the following press release;

Rising Star Vibraphonist Joel Ross Set To Release Debut Album KingMaker On Blue Note Records.
Release Date: 3rd May 2019.

Ross Announces Upcoming Tour Dates, Including Pizza Express and North Sea Jazz Festival in July.


July 10 – Pizza Express – London, UK

July 11 – Pizza Express – London, UK

July 14 – North Sea Jazz Festival – Rotterdam, Netherlands

23 year old Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based vibraphonist Joel Ross joins the iconic Blue Note Records roster with the release of his debut album, KingMaker on May 3rd. After an impressive 2018 where Ross featured on consecutive acclaimed albums (Makaya McCraven Universal Beings, Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens In Common, James Francies Flight, Marquis Hill Modern Flows Vol. 2), this latest Blue Note signing adds his name to an illustrious jazz vibraphone legacy that extends from Milt Jackson to Bobby Hutcherson to Stefon Harris and now Ross. Hear the lead track “Ill Relations,” which is available to stream or download now.

KingMaker is an album that fuses clear technical might with youthful energy and bright emotion. For his first release, Ross brought in bassist Harish Raghavan as producer and convened his Good Vibes band—Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone, Jeremy Corren on piano, Benjamin Tiberio on bass, and Jeremy Dutton on drums, plus guest vocalist Gretchen Parlato—for a lithe and melodic trip through a wild array of inspirations: the uncanny interplay of Miles and Wayne, the cooling touch of Bags, the harmonic acuity of Harris, the rhythmic heat of Steve Coleman, and the genius album-building of Ambrose Akinmusire. And at the heart of it all is the wisdom passed down personally to Ross from Hutcherson: “Write music about your life and write every day.”

“I took Bobby’s words literally,” says Ross, who visited the master in his home while studying in California. “Every song is influenced by people or events, relationships I had, or even a question someone posed.” 11 of the KingMaker’s 12 tracks were composed by Ross, and from the cover photo to the music within, the album finds him exploring the formative experiences that made him the man he is, first and foremost, family. The centerpiece and title track is dedicated to his mother, while other compositions pay homage to Ross’ twin brother, father, and niece.

The track listing for KingMaker is as follows:

1. Touched By An Angel

2. Prince Lynn’s Twin

3. The Grand Struggle Against Fear

4. Ill Relations

5. Is It Love That Inspires You?

6. Interlude

7. KingMaker

8. Freda’s Disposition feat. Gretchen Parlato

9. With Whom Do You Learn Trust?

10. Grey

11. Yana

12. It’s Already Too Late

blog comments powered by Disqus


Sunday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 05/05/2019.

Sunday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 05/05/2019.

Ian Mann on performances by Vula Viel, Yazz Ahmed, David Sanborn, Hanna Paulsberg, Madeleine Peyroux and two exceptional 'Trios With A Twist', one from Cuba, the other from France.

Saturday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 04/05/2019.

Saturday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 04/05/2019.

Ian Mann on performances by Paris / Birmingham Jazz Exchange, Alfa Mist, John Surman's Brass Project, Dan Weiss & Starebaby, Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya, Vels Trio, Joshua Redman and Michael Formanek.