Ross Hammond - The Best Kept Secret In Sacremento...Or Perhaps The Entire West Coast!
Guitarist Ross Hammond Releases Second Quartet Record Cathedrals Featuring Angelenos Alex Cline, Vinny Golia & Stuart Leibig Available June 4, 2013
The 35 year old guitarist, who has been called “Sacramento’s secret weapon” by S. Victor Aaron (Something Else Reviews) and “the best unknown guitarist I’ve heard in many years” by Bruce Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery, NYC) once again joins forces with Saxophonist Vinny Golia, Drummer Alex Cline and Bassist Steuart Liebig on the upcoming release.
Cathedrals follows Hammond’s 2012 independently released Adored, which found itself on several critics’ year-end lists of best jazz records of 2012. Adored put Hammond in the public eye as a new voice in the jazz community working with an established group of veterans, and Cathedrals is furthering his stature as an improviser and creative force.
“It’s a good feeling to be a collaborator with these legends,” Hammond says. “I’ve been a fan of their work for a long time, and to be able to make music with them feels like I’ve arrived at the dance. A Song For Wizards is the title track of the new record and it’s really dedicated to my band ”
Collectively, Golia, Cline and Liebig have been mainstays of the Los Angeles creative music community for more than thirty years. Their individual bodies of work are vast and they have solidified the West Coast as a haven for adventurous music.
Hammond is based in Sacramento and has been an active musician on the West Coast for the past 15 years. His work mixes folk song forms and melodies with free-jazz improvisation and rock undertones.
"West Coast fans of the guitar's outer limits may be feeling a bit lost with L.A.'s Nels Cline moving to New York City, but this Sacramento-based guitarist is fully capable of easing some of those withdrawals..."(Chris Barton, LATimes).