A maestro at the vibraphone

Glowing reviews kept piling up when the album KingMaker Joel Ross was released last year on the legendary Blue Note label. ‘A new rising star’, said NRC about the young vibraphone player: ‘KingMaker leaves an impression for the way Joel Ross’ compositions shed a new light on the vibraphone.

With youthful fire, following the footsteps of greats such as Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson.’ Twenty-something Ross, who grew up in Chicago and moved to Brooklyn, made name as a sideman in New York clubs and appeared on recent album-successes by Makaya McCraven and Marquis Hill.

On his own album KingMaker he reveals his qualities as a band leader and a sophisticated composer, whether he deals with atmospheric, ECM-like sounds, or grooves inspired by dance, hip-hop and M-Base. ‘A maestro at the vibraphone, a sharp band leader. Ross’ Blue Note debut, KingMaker, is his first as a leader, and it is a marvel. Every note counts’ (Pitchfork).