Tom Ross, a protege of jazz great Johnny Smith, studied music in India and Africa for years, acquiring a PhD in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan. A student of John Cage, he has co-written songs with David Crosby and received support from Brian Eno and the Grateful Dead.
Tom Ross, guitar and voice; also fretless 12-string guitar, soprano saxophone, and percussion.
Wounded by Water(2007)
Tom Ross's new album, *Wounded by Water*, is global jazz songs with influence from India and Africa. Spanning compositions from the 70s to last month, toe-tapping becomes easy in 5 beats; Emily Dickinson's lyrics about the sound the wind makes "moving like a hand, whose fingers comb the sky" are complemented by Garcia Lorca's "Wounded by Water", the title track hauntingly evoking illicit loves. Funny, sultry, and thoughtful: the tracks are both baroque ("Love Myself Too") and spare ("The Mute Boy") in their instrumentation, guided always by Ross's vocals and guitar. This is a solo project and stands up to any of my previous albums: *Horse of Stone*, "The Rain Takes Off Her Clothes", and "Reach in This Dream". More info at mijazi.com.
FOLLOW ME BEHIND YOU(2008)
FOLLOW ME BEHIND YOU is Tom Ross's new album of global jazz songs.All pieces spring from the form of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away": verse has two chords, the chorus just one. Within this limited palette live worlds of possibilities, as inexhaustible as blues. The songs feature a spider who foils his lover's plan to eat him; a confession of seven less-then-deadly sins; an Esquimo woman's random journey across America after delivering a corpse to Chicago; a vignette from *Tristram Shandy*; and a true story about managing to slam my head in a door. Toe-tapping, thoughtful, sultry and funny!