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Eine Liebeserklärung an den Jazz, eine Musik, die niemals wirklich entstand, nirgends wirklich zu Hause war und niemals wirklich vollendet sein wird. Aber gerade deshalb zu keinem Zeitpunkt je an Aktualität eingebüßt hat. Eine Musik, in der man Geborgenheit und Obhut findet, die einen herausfordert und provoziert

Jazz and Beyond

An abundance of composed contrapuntal lines, with traditional big band space for the soloist, underscored by warm harmonies and serious swing; they are not simply keeping the candle burning for important composers they are flamethrowers.


Cet effort d'arrachement, cette joie du serieux, cette gravite du jeu, tout cela empeche de moisir: de nos jours, quoi de plus pertinent que cette embellie?

London Jazz News

Ross' composing, arranging and orchestrating skills for large ensemble are of the highest order and do not take a back seat to anyone. While clearly embracing a modernistic approach he also recognises the tradition with frequent nods to writers such as Gil Evans, Bob Brookmeyer and Claus Ogerman.


Das blinde Verständnis nährt sich aus der Gewissheit, dass hier Könner unter sich sind.

The Australian

This enormous production, recorded in Brooklyn by Australian guitarist/leader and multi-award- winning virtuoso James Muller and conductor, saxophonist and composer David Theak, involves more than 20 musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium, where Theak lectures in jazz. They play compositions by Muller and German pianist, composer and arranger Florian Ross on this peer-reviewed label. The virtuoso guitarist has teamed up for this venture with the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra, an astonishing big band made up of some of Australia’s most accomplished young lions. The arrangements are by Ross and the album was recorded superbly in New York at Systems Two by Mike Marciano.
...Because of the album’s fine music it is a deserving addition to any Australian jazz collection.


Il s'agit d'un genre très resserré, qui propose un véritable défi aux musiciens. S’essayer au trio, c'est aussi se mettre à nu, exister en tant qu'artiste à part entière, et non comme simple musicien au service d'un talent fédérateur. Il s’agit de perpétuer l’héritage du passé avec humilité. A cet égard, les disques de Florian Ross sont un parfait exemple de trio réussi.


Dank solcher formaler Raffinessen überträgt die Band die Errungenschaften aus der Zeit des kernigen Hardbop überzeugend ins Hier und Heute.

Piano News

Der Forderung des Pianisten Jim McNeely in dem Begleittext zur CD kann man sich durchaus anschließen: ‘When is the next album?’ 

All About Jazz

L ́interplay di Ross con i suoi compagni di avventura è assoluto: i tre rifiutano i ruoli codificati di accompagnatore-esecutore per fare una musica in cui l ́ascoltatore è coinvolto contemporaneamente da tre strumenti che dialogano al momento e che si lasciano trasportare dalla musica ritornando sempre però a punti stabiliti senza perdersi in meandri di artificiosità. È un ascolto affascinante e che, come dice Jim McNeely nelle note di copertina, "take the jazz trio another giant step forward"

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