Joel Ross continues refining an expression that’s true to his sound and his generation. In 2019, the vibraphonist-composer issued his anticipated Blue Note debut, the Edison Award-winning disc “KingMaker” to eruptive critical acclaim, followed by his 2020 release “Who Are You?,” which features his band Good Vibes at its most synchronous. New York Times critic Giovanni Russonello praised the album for the ways it “speaks to a new level of group cohesion ... more tangle, more sharing, more possibility.”
“The Parable of the Poet,” Ross’ third release for Blue Note Records, explores feelings of self-awareness — confidence, doubt, regret and forgiveness — through storytellings and retellings. Using collaborative improvising, collective melody and instrumental features, the intuitive bandleader spotlights distinctive attributes of fellow artists Immanuel Wilkins, Maria Grand, Marquis Hill, Kalia Vandever, Sean Mason, Rick Rosato, Craig Weinrib and returning special guest Gabrielle Garo.
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