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Brandon Ross is a guitarist/composer/singer/songwriter, who has worked/recorded with Cassandra Wilson, Henry Threadgill, Jewel, Tony Williams, Arto Lindsay, The Lounge Lizards, Leroy Jenkins, Butch Morris, Bill Frisell, Me'Shell N'degeocello, Moreno Veloso, Arrested Development, Craig Harris, Archie Shepp, Fred Hopkins, Joan Osborne, Muhal Richard Abrams, Deidre Murray, Mino Cinelu, Don Byron, Graham Haynes, Lizz Wright, Timothy Hill, Myra Melford, Ron Miles, Oliver Lake, Sekou Sundiata, Bill Laswell, Zeena Parkins, Michelle Branch, Wadada Leo Smith, and many others, crafting a personal approach to guitar, and improvisation, that has taken him all over the world.Read More...
He co-leads the avant power trio, Harriet Tubman, with bassist Melvin Gibbs, and drummer JT Lewis. "Tubman" is dedicated to musical revelation/investigation in a pan-African vernacular of Now. In Harriet Tubman, Ross explores electronics, and pan-tonality to sculpt a multidimensional, interactive, sonic language in a "classic" R&B/Rock configuration of guitar, bass, and drums. Harriet Tubman has released 2 cds, "I Am A Man" on Knitting Factory Records, and "Prototype" (live) on John Zorn's Avant Records label. A new CD of the Harriet Tubman "Dub-ill 3rio" LIVE featuring Ron Miles/DJ Logic/DJ Singe will be released in 2009.
"... (Melvin Gibbs also appeared with) HARRIET TUBMAN, AN OUTSTANDING POWER TRIO featuring drummer J.T. Lewis and THE REMARKABLY CREATIVE but unsung GUITAR HERO BRANDON ROSS, who combines the linear facility and originality of Joyous Lake-era Pat Martino with the sheer decibels and cathartic abandon of Sharrock and the liquid whammy-bar articulations of Allan Holdsworth. Ross unleashed fuzz-inflected, wah-fueled licks and testified with overdriven bluetones during this searing set, which concluded with a frantic jam that reached a Bad Brains level of intensity." - Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
In his acoustic based quartet, Blazing Beauty, Ross plays banjo, electric, acoustic and soprano guitars; uses cornet, acoustic bass guitar, and drumset to extend his expressive field into "folk" oriented musics and compositional approaches that communicate his dedication to fresh musical experience. Ross has released 2 recordings of this work, "Costume", in 2004, and "Puppet" in 2006, both on Intoxicate Records (Japan), to rave reviews, and several critic's "best of the year" lists. (click logo to purchase) at
Brandon Ross - Costume..music store and eMusic.
Ross also composes for his acoustic string duo, "For Living Lovers", with acoustic bass guitarist, Stomu Takeishi. The duo plans to tour in 2009, and record their first release, in the Spring of 2009.
During the Summer of '09, Ross, Gibbs, and Lewis, along with bassist/vocalist Me'Shell N'degeocello, will be touring "Om Supreme: The Music and Inspiration of Alice Coltrane." A special collaboration with Harriet Tubman, N'Degeocello and special guests, TBA. The premiere is planned for July '09 in Gdansk, Poland.
"Ascension" a live recording of the HARRIET TUBMAN DOUBLE TRIO, will be released in May 2009 on the German label, Karlrecords. Featuring Harriet Tubman with a second trio of Ron Miles, DJ Singe and DJ Logic, recorded in NYC at The Knitting Factory in a re-visiting of John Coltrane's 1965 ground-breaking ensemble/composition/recording, "Ascension".
Ross has scored and performed live music for the surviving reel of a 1922 Chinese silent film called "Lotus Blossom", commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival, (2006), and has arranged and performed interpretations of the music of Reverend Gary Davis, and Mississippi John Hurt for the NYGF (New York Guitar Festival). He recorded interpretations of the film music of Toru Takemitsu, (with classical guitarist, Daisuke Suzuki, and bass guitarist Stomu Takeishi),"Quotation Of Dream: For The Love and Soul of Toru Takemitsu" which was released in Japan (Intoxicate Records, '06) and is currently composing for his next CD release a follow-up to "Puppet" (Intoxicate Records). (Oh, and he loves a glass of a fine beverage, listening to great music, while engaged in expansive conversation... especially in Italy.)
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