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As the winner of the 25th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2012, drummer Jamison Ross impressed the judges with his fluid brush technique, adroit time-keeping skills, and nuanced approach to improvisation and group interplay. However, while he was earning accolades for his percussion talents, few of the judges knew he was also a skilled singer. Growing up singing in his grandfather's church, Ross was, in actuality, a vocalist before he was a drummer. On his debut solo album, 2015's Jamison, Ross showcases both his percussion and vocal abilities on a set of emotive gospel- and R&B-infused jazz compositions. Joining Ross here is an equally adept group of sidemen including saxophonist Dayve Stewart, trumpeter Alphonso Horne III, guitarist Rick Lollar, pianist Chris Pattishall, organ player Cory Irvin, and bassist Corcoran Holt. Also collaborating with Ross on several tracks is The Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader, pianist Jonathan Batiste. Vocally, Ross has a resonant, lithe tenor style, and cuts like the uplifting "Emotion" and the languid, romantic ballad "These Things You Are to Me" bring to mind similar works by Stevie Wonder and Al Jarreau. Elsewhere, it's Ross' dynamic jazz drumming that commands attention, especially on tracks like funky "Martha's Prize" and the soulful, modal number "Set Us Free." What's particularly fascinating is to hear how well Ross is able to combine the swinging, jazz end of his sound with the flowing, expansive R&B and gospel ends. This is particularly evident on "Epiphany," which finds Ross singing a wordless melody over a harmonically layered chordal progression that then kicks off into a propulsive post-bop piano improvisation. It's also pleasing to see the breadth of Ross' influences as he pays tribute to vocalist/drummer Grady Tate with a rendition of Tate's 1968 soul-jazz anthem "Sack Full of Dreams." Ultimately, on Jamison, whether he's in front of the mike, behind the drums, or both at the same time, Ross is in complete command of his sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2015
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072367104
catalogNumber: 36710
Rank: 110183

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jamison Ross   Primary Artist,Drums,Vocals
Corcoran Holt   Bass
Chris Pattishall   Piano,fender rhodes
Rick Lollar   Guitar
Jon Batiste   Piano,Guest Appearance
Cory Irvin   Hammond B3
Alphonso Horne   Trumpet
Dayve Stewrt   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Eddie Harris   Composer
Cedar Walton   Composer
Carmen Lundy   Composer
David Bennett   Composer
Chris Dunn   Producer
Gary McFarland   Composer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Chauncey Gray   Composer
Bert Lown   Composer
Robert Mellin   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Frederick Hamm   Composer
Louis Savary   Composer
Misha Kachkachishvili   Engineer
Jamison Ross   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jon Batiste   Arranger

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