Jamison Ross – All For One (2018)

Jamison Ross - All For One (2018)
Artist: Jamison Ross
Album: All For One
Genre: Vocal Jazz / Blues / Soul
Origin: USA
Released: 2018
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
A Mellow Good Time 04:18
Unspoken 03:31
Don’t Go To Strangers 05:21
Away 03:16
Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy 03:33
Safe In The Arms Of Love 04:12
Tears And Questions 02:21
Keep On 02:55
All For One 04:38
Call Me 04:05
True Love Interlude 00:35
My Ship 04:40
Let’s Sing Again 02:54

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While jazz history is lightly dusted with drummers who could sing—Buddy Rich, Grady Tate—none leap to mind whose vocal talents eclipsed their timekeeping acumen. Not until Jamison Ross. The 30-year-old Floridian, who now calls New Orleans home, earned his stripes behind singer Carmen Lundy and won the Monk Institute’s International Jazz Drums Competition in 2012. But when it came time to record his debut album, 2015’s Jamison, he insisted on both singing and playing, his kit taking a backseat to his voice.

Not surprisingly, Ross’ sophomore release again emphasizes his vocals, with deeply simpatico support provided by his touring bandmates: guitarist Rick Lollar, organist Cory Irvin, pianist Chris Pattishall and bassist Barry Stephenson. To open, Ross offers up a vibrant salute to his adopted hometown with a rollicking romp through Allen Toussaint’s “A Mellow Good Time,” originally made famous by Lee Dorsey. He closes with near-equal exuberance, alone with Irvin on Fats Waller’s “Let’s Sing Again.” Across all 13 tracks, including deft renderings of “Don’t Go to Strangers” (too rarely covered by male vocalists), “My Ship,” Mose Allison’s delectably sly “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy” and a powerful reading of the Big Easy-born, love-over-conflict title track, he strongly evokes another celebrated New Orleanian, the great jazz-tinged R&B stylist Aaron Neville.

And Ross takes significant strides forward as a songwriter. Two valentines to his wife, Adrienne—the tender “Unspoken” and funky “Call Me”—are offset by the uplifting sociopolitical thrust of “Keep On” and the soaring, salvation-seeking vocalese of “Tears and Questions.”
By Christopher Loudon

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