JOEL ROSS - WHO ARE YOU
EU - 2020 - BLUE NOTE
Acclaimed vibraphonist and composer Joel Ross releases his highly anticipated sophomore album Who Are You? on Blue Note Records. The album features Ross’ band Good Vibes with Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone, Jeremy Corren on piano, Kanoa Mendenhall on bass, and Jeremy Dutton on drums, plus special guest Brandee Younger on harp.
Inspired by communication through storytelling – a method he absorbed, in part, working with such creative forces as Ambrose Akinmusire, Marquis Hill and Makaya McCraven – and with input from producer Walter Smith III, Ross assembled the album’s narrative in halves. Tracks 1-7 provide setting, as well as character introductions; tracks 8-15, plot twists. Each artist advances the spirit of risk-taking, while maintaining Ross’ vision for story structure.