Florian Ross: Wollongong Sketch


Wollongong Sketch


Florian Ross (electric piano)


Eight Ball & White Horse (Intuition INT 3408 )

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Florian Ross (electric piano),

Dietmar Fuhr (bass), Jonas Burgwinkel (drums), Frank Vagané (alto sax, soprano sax, alto flute), Felix Wahnschaffe (alto sax, soprano sax), Jasper Blom (tenor sax, clarinet), Wolfgang Fuhr (tenor sax, clarinet), Niels Klein (baritone sax, bass clarinet)


Composed by Florian Ross


Recorded: Cologne, November 6-8, 2006


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

German pianist-composer Florian Ross studied with Jim McNeely and George Gruntz before leading his own bands. This double apprenticeship might explain a lot about the originality of his inspiration. Indeed this song, composed during an Australian tour, has a twist of its own that cannot easily be linked to either the American or European traditions. The melody and rhythm are evocative of wide-open spaces, the mellow sound of the all-reeds horn section is rather unique outside of a big band context, and the use of the Fender Rhodes instead of acoustic piano enhances the dreamy hues of a piece that could well be used as a soundtrack to a road movie.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum


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