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KingMaker

Joel Ross


The debut LP from the latest virtuosic vibraphonist signed to the legendary Blue Note records. We have this on off-white vinyl.

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Exclusive Features
color Off White
foil stamped Yes
numbered Yes
Other Features
exclusive VMP Exclusive
jacket type Gatefold
label Blue Note
pressing location Precision
release type New release
By the Numbers

2 LP
format
2019
original release year
33 1/3 RPM
speed
500
total pressing quantity
12 INCH
vinyl size
standard
weight
Description

If 2018 was the year Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based vibraphonist Joel Ross kept turning up on acclaimed album after acclaimed album (Makaya McCraven 'Universal Beings,' Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens 'In Common,' James Francies 'Flight,' Marquis Hill 'Modern Flows, Vol. 2'), then 2019 is his year to be the star as he joins the Blue Note Records roster and releases his debut album. With the arrival of 'KingMaker,' he adds his name to an illustrious jazz vibraphone legacy on the legendary label that extends from Milt Jackson to Bobby Hutcherson to Stefon Harris and now Ross.

For his first release, Ross brought in bassist Harish Raghavan as producer and convened his Good Vibes band—Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone, Jeremy Corren on piano, Benjamin Tiberio on bass, and Jeremy Dutton on drums, plus guest vocalist Gretchen Parlato—for a lithe and melodic trip through a wild array of inspirations: the uncanny interplay of Miles and Wayne, the cooling touch of Bags, the harmonic acuity of Harris, the rhythmic heat of Steve Coleman, and the genius album-building of Ambrose Akinmusire. And at the heart of it all is the wisdom passed down personally to Ross from Hutcherson: “Write music about your life and write every day.”

“I took Bobby's words literally,” says Ross, who visited the master in his home while studying in California. “Every song is influenced by people or events, relationships I had, or even a question someone posed.”

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*Audio and/or tracklist may vary slightly from the vinyl version.
1
Touched By An Angel
2
Grey
3
Yana
4
It's Already Too Late
5
Prince Lynn's Twin
6
The Grand Struggle Against Fear
7
III Relations
8
Is It Love That Inspires You
9
Interlude
10
King Maker
11
Freda's Disposition
12
With Whom Do You Learn Trust
KingMaker
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