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Florian Ross Trio - Pigs & Fairies

Jazz, Jazz-Rock
Band Description
With his third album in the Trio format, Ross focuses on diverse sounds and an eclectic mix of standard piano trio and modern jazz-fusion with electronic modernism.    
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Artist Biography
Florian Ross, born 1972 and based in Cologne, Germany, is a musical explorer. His recordings (this is the 14th album since 1998) focus on the multifaceted jazz tradition and his extraordinary handling of contemporary material.
In all formations, from trio, quintet, string orchestra to brass ensemble, Ross succeeds in reconciling two seemingly different musical forms: improvised and composed.
While many of his European colleagues consider it a virtue to distance themselves from the mainstream, another camp makes an effort to continue the American jazz tradition in Europe as authentically as possible - Ross’ music is a refreshing break from an often embarrassing programmatic context.
With his third album in the Trio format, Ross focuses on diverse sounds and an eclectic mix of standard piano trio and modern jazz-fusion with electronic modernism. Sometimes getting transported to 70's proto funk/pop, sounding retro, yet new and fresh at the same time - spectacular audio craft that somehow makes all of the diverse styles meld effortlessly into each other. 

His journey into the many lands of jazz began with studies in Cologne and later London and New York, where he honed his skills both as a pianist and a composer. Florian's special area of devotion and expertise was post-bop, which flowered into his remarkable ability today to handle all forms of contemporary and improvised music. His first album as a leader appeared in 1998. 
Florian's music comes from a deep synthesis of heart and mind, of feeling and intellect. His gifts as a piano player prevent him from being seduced into the abstract theory of purely intellectual composition, while his instincts as a composer enables him to steer clear of self indulgence on the keyboards.
He leaves to others the boring arguments about traditional jazz versus the avant-garde. Florian’s too busy making music.
And it's music of a breathtaking variety. The diversity of formats he works in is simply dazzling: He excels in in every combination from solo, duo, trio and quintet right up to big bands and string orchestras.

Over the years Florian has worked with/for Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Vince Mendoza, George Duke, Tommy Smith, John Hollenbeck, Mike Stern, Joe Locke, etc.
He has taught at many German universities and academies and is currently teaching Piano and Composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln. He has also been involved in teaching clinics and workshops all over the world. He has played, composed and arranged for many orchestras across Europe including the Metropole Orchestra, WDR and NDR Big Band. Florian’s international awards for playing and composing are too numerous to list, but among them are the coveted first prize in the Danish Radio Big Band International Thad Jones Competition and the prestigious WDR Jazz prize for composition.
Press Release

UPC/EAN 1 91061 11752 0
TPR 201702
LC 49248, GEMA
Digipac, 4 Pages
Produced by Florian Ross and Harald Rehmann with support by German National Radio Deutschlandfunk
Florian Ross: Electric Piano, Grand Piano, Yamaha FM Synthesizer, EFX
Dietmar Fuhr: Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Fabian Arends: Drums
Paul Heller: (guest) Tenor Saxophone
CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes, Google No streaming platforms
Physical (Europe only):
toypianorecords.de webshop
  1. Spamtrails
  2. Slow Thinker 
  3. Spinning Kenny
  4. Triumph of Spectacle
  5. Trip-wire
  6. Calm*
  7. No pun intended
  8. Until then
  9. Miasma*
  10. Friction
  11. Think Slower
*feat. guest soloist Paul Heller
All compositions by Florian Ross (GEMA) 
recorded September 7-9,2016 at Kammermusiksaal Deutschlandfunk, Köln by Stephan Schmidt
Radio producing by Harald Rehmann
Mixed & Mastered, Feb 2017 by Florian Ross Mixing Assistance by Christian Heck
Cover Design & Photos by Florian Ross 
Florian Ross
Wichterichstr. 34
50937 Köln, Germany
+49 163 174 1389 florian@toypianorecords.de 

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