This Friday, October 26, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome guitarist Brandon Ross back to our stage for two sets. Joined by longtime collaborators Stomu Takeishi on acoustic bass guitar, J.T. Lewis on drums, and Graham Haynes on cornet, Ross and company will perform Ross’s long-form composition Immortal Obsolescence. The piece was commissioned through Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program in 2014 and is a collection of responses to the work of Venezuelan photographer Carolina Muńoz. In an interview with Jazz Speaks, Ross spoke about how the piece was a bit of a departure for him as a composer:
I remember J.T. [Lewis] saying something like, this writing has really become more focused in this particular area. They’re short pieces, a lot of them, and they’re not necessarily about a lot of so-called improvisation, but rather statements that accomodate the interpretive abilities of the musicians to fill them out and realize them. They’re meant to accompany these images and yet stand alone as well.
Ross has been working to get the piece on record, but for the moment, you have a rare chance to hear this rich and sensitive music live this weekend at The Jazz Gallery.
Brandon Ross performs Immortal Obsolescence at The Jazz Gallery on Friday, October 26, 2018. The group features Mr. Ross on guitars & vocals, Graham Haynes on clarinet & electronics, Stomu Takeishi on acoustic bass guitar, and J.T. Lewis on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved cabaret seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.