RECORDINGS

discography since 1998
James Muller and SCJO - Okay, 2017

James Muller and SCJO - Okay, 2017

Release Date: 13 July 2018

Australia’s leading guitarist meets the dynamic raw power of the 2015 Sydney Con Jazz Orchestra. Recorded at one of NYC’s leading studios, System’s Two by acclaimed engineer Mike Marciano who has brought out the richness and dynacism of Ross’s orchestrations yet managed to capture the excitment and drive of Mullers guitar wizardry in this gorgeous 96k htz recording.  

“a deserving addition to any Australian jazz collection” - The Australian 

James Muller (guitar)
Florian Ross (composer & arranger)
David Theak (conductor)

plus 18 piece Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra 


Florian Ross Trio - Pigs & Fairies, 2017

Florian Ross Trio - Pigs & Fairies, 2017

Release Date: 05 May 2017

Florian Ross Trio

Pigs & Fairies 2017

Florian Ross: Electric Piano, Grand Piano, Yamaha FM Synthesizer, EFX
Dietmar Fuhr: Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Fabian Arends: Drums
*Paul Heller: (guest) Tenor Saxophone

"Pigs & Fairies should gladden those who lean toward fresh and unconventional precepts, especially when it comes to jazz piano trios."
- allaboutjazz.com

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 Quintet - Lines & Crosscurrents, 2015

Florian Ross Quintet - Lines & Crosscurrents, 2015

Release Date: 11 May 2015

An interesting blend of acoustic European Jazz á la ECM with a thrown in dash of groovy Synthesizer sounds and the Pedal Steel! Usually used for Country, Folk and the likes it is a very uncommon instrument in a Jazz context - new, wonderful sounds for your ears! Florian has written 12 new tunes especially for this album and lineup.

Florian Ross (p, synth)
Markus Segschneider (pedal steel, guitar)
Niels Klein (clar, tenor sax, bass-clar)
David Helm (acoustic bass)
Fabian Arends (drums)


Craig Brenan - Autonomic Robots, 2014

Craig Brenan - Autonomic Robots, 2014

Release Date: 08 May 2014

Trombonist-composer Craig Brenan isn’t one to stay still musically for long.  His new recording, “Autonomic Robots” embraces his ongoing search for new ways to express himself through his music, While challenging the defining boundaries of jazz.  By drawing upon outside influences and incorporating a small wind ensemble into his palette, Brenan has achieved the element of surprise for which reviewers have called him “singularly original”.

The album features brenan’s latest band, autonomic robots.  A.R.’s ensembles unique instrumentation (clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, bass clarinet, trombone and drums) was chosen as a means to fully express the sounds and melodies that have been rumbling around him for the past decade. With generous arranging assistance from famed German composer Florian Ross, the combination is stunning.

Craig Brenan

Craig Brenan (trombone)
John Ellis (tenor sax/bass clarinet)
Connor Learmonth (bass clarinet/clarinet)
Dave Morgan (trumpet/flugelhorn)
Adrienne Lorway (clarinet/bass clarinet)
Raymond Baril (alto sax/clarinet/bass clarinet)
Ted Poor (drums)

Florian Ross (arrangements)


Infinite Loop - One, 2014

Infinite Loop - One, 2014

Release Date: 06 May 2014

Udo Moll (trumpet, laptop)
Florian Ross (grand piano, loops, delay)

Florian Ross and Udo Moll know each other for a very long time. their electro-acoustic improv duo "infinite loop" is pretty fresh, though. this program combines fragments from minimal-techno, contemporary jazz and improvised soundscapes. their particular interest lies in exploring the rhythmic energies of reduced, superimposed patterns and in the dialectics of "repeating / interrupting". the narrative stability of this structure is now and then undermined by heavily romantic derailments. this is easy-listening avantgarde. rich in danger and beauty.


Florian Ross Big Company - Ties & Loose Ends, 2014

Florian Ross Big Company - Ties & Loose Ends, 2014

Release Date: 05 May 2014

Ties & Loose Ends While reviewing files when I last cleaned out my computer hard drive, I found that between 1995 and 2012 I wrote roughly 200 compositions or arrangements for large jazz ensembles. I also found that most of this hadn‘t really been documented properly [loose ends] - something I usually take care of much earlier.

There have been the off-and-on recordings with various radio and university big bands, but those have usually been done hastily and with limited expectations. In January 2012 I decided that this had to change. I wanted to assemble a band of young, energetic musicians [loose ends] mixed with a nice dose of reliable old friends [ties] and write some thrilling new music just for them. When adding up the figures in my head, though, I soon realized, that I couldn‘t shoulder this alone [loose ends]. Luckily I found great support from Harald Rehmann (Deutschlandfunk), who lent me the radio‘s beautiful recording room [ties], as well as from Kunststiftung NRW, Initiative Musik and GVL who partially funded this project.

Well, I have to say it was an absolutely thrilling experience! The band played great, they treated me nicely, the splendid recording was done by an old friend of mine, Hrólfur Vagnsson, with whom I already recorded my very first album in 1998 [ties]. All in order! I hope we can pick it up from here [loose ends] and further explore many of the new musical relationships that emerged from this project [ties]. Thank you all! 

Florian Ross, February 2013 

Saxophones:

Frank Vaganée
Christoph Möckel
Stefan Schmid
Wolfgang Fuhr
Marcus Bartelt

Trumpets:
Jan Schneider
Volker Deglmann
Menzel Mutzke
Matthias Bergmann

Trombones:
Klaus Heidenreich
Peter Schwatlo
Felix Fromm
Ingo Lahme

Rhythm:
Phillip Brämswig (g)
Lucas Leidinger (p)
Dietmar Fuhr (b)
Fabian Arends (dr)


Trio 120 - Enclosure, 2013

Trio 120 - Enclosure, 2013

Release Date: 06 May 2013

Wolfgang Fuhr (tenor sax)
Florian Ross (piano)
Dietmar Fuhr (bass)


SNJO - Culloden Moor Suite, 2013

SNJO - Culloden Moor Suite, 2013

Release Date: 05 May 2013

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

The disaster at Culloden on 16 April 1746 marks a moment in Scotland's timeline that forever changed the course of Caledonian history. It's also fair to say that the brutal nature of the conflict and its bloody aftermath has resonated in the Scots psyche ever since that fateful hour. 

In 1961, Bobby Wellins was inspired to compose The Culloden Moor Suite after reading John Prebble's vivid account of the last pitched battle on British soil. Fifty years later, Bobby Wellins and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra joined forces to re-create his thrilling and evocative music. Together they conjured up the fervour, the anticipation, the horror, and ultimately the lamentable failure of a lost cause paid for in blood. 

The five-act structure of The Culloden Moor Suite also affords generous space for expressive soloists whose voices place the listener at the heart of the action and the centre of the landscape. In this specially commissioned arrangement by Florian Ross, the battle and its terrible aftermath are seen from a modern, yet wholly empathetic perspective. 

There is surely no ensemble anywhere that is better qualified than the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to interpret Bobby Wellins' emotive vision of this Highland tragedy through the medium of soul-stirring contemporary jazz.

Compositions by Bobby Wellins
Orchestrations by Florian Ross

Tenor Saxophone Soloist: Bobby Wellins

Saxes: Martin Kershaw, Paul Towndrow, Tommy Smith, Konrad Wiszniewski, Bill Fleming
Tpts: Ryan Quigley, Cameron Jay, Lorne Cowieson, Tom MacNiven
Bones: Chris Greive, Kieran McLeod, Michael Owers, Lorna McDonald
Rhythm: Steve Hamilton, Brodie Jarvie, Alyn Cosker

Recorded May 2013 by Kevin Burleigh, Gorbals Sound, Scotland
Mixed August 2013 by Jan Erik Kongshaug, Rainbow Studios, Norway
Photography by Derek Clark
Cover Photo of Bobby Wellins by Venture Photography
Design by Nadja von Massow

Produced by Tommy Smith


Anette v. Eichel - Go Lightly, 2012

Anette v. Eichel - Go Lightly, 2012

Release Date: 05 May 2012

For this album I wrote a couple of arrangements and played Hammond Organ.

Anette von Eichel (voc) 
Jesse van Ruller (guit)
Jasper Blom (sax)
Florian Ross (org)
John Hollenbeck (dr)


Florian Ross - Front Room Songs, 2012

Florian Ross - Front Room Songs, 2012

Release Date: 05 May 2012

Florian Ross (Hammond B3 organ, piano)
Multitrack


Trio 120- Aram, 2011

Trio 120- Aram, 2011

Release Date: 05 May 2011

The second recording featuring the Fuhr brothers.

Wolfgang Fuhr (tenor sax)
Florian Ross (piano)
Dietmar Fuhr (bass)

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Nils Wogram's Nostagia - Sturm und Drang, 2011

Nils Wogram's Nostagia - Sturm und Drang, 2011

Release Date: 05 May 2011

Nils Wogram (trombone)
Florian Ross (organ)
Dejan Terzic (drums)

Florian Ross Elektrio - Wheels & Wires, 2011

Florian Ross Elektrio - Wheels & Wires, 2011

Release Date: 05 May 2011

Jesse van Ruller (guit)
Florian Ross (org)
Martijn Vink (dr)


Florian Ross - Mechanism, 2009

Florian Ross - Mechanism, 2009

Release Date: 05 May 2009

Florian Ross (p)


Trio 120 - Flug, 2008

Trio 120 - Flug, 2008

Release Date: 05 May 2008

The first drumless trio recording featuring the Fuhr brothers. Also my first CD cover design.

Wolfgang Fuhr (tenor sax)
Florian Ross (piano)
Dietmar Fuhr (bass)


Nils Wogram's Nostalgia - Affinity, 2008

Nils Wogram's Nostalgia - Affinity, 2008

Release Date: 05 May 2008

Nils Wogram (trombone)
Florian Ross (organ)
Dejan Terzic (drums)

Florian Ross  - Eight Ball & White Horse, 2007

Florian Ross - Eight Ball & White Horse, 2007

Release Date: 06 May 2007

"Florian Ross‘s new album Eight Ball & White Horse is once again dominated by the typical features of his musical perspective on the world: rich pieces dispense with a jazz schema limited to themes, bridges, and solos and instead tell stories; an incomparable way of integrating the solo into the composition as a genuinely individual form of expression; and his warm, friendly way of opening doors for the listener. Never before has he worked out the contrast between objectivity and dreaminess as clearly as on this new CD. “Both sides can be found in me, but I don’t consciously summon up this contrast,” Ross states. “I am both a performing musician and composer. My previous CDs tended in one direction or the other. On the new CD I wanted to treat both aspects equally. I wanted the room for play to be greater for me and the other musicians than it was on the composed albums, but at the same time the composed music should be emphasized more than on the trio CDs. This CD documents the two sides coming together.” 

- intuition music

Florian Ross (piano, rhodes)
Dietmar Fuhr (bass)
Jonas Burgwinkel (drums)
Frank Vaganée (alto, soprano, alto flute)
Jasper Blom (tenor, clarinet)
Wolfgang Fuhr (tenor, clarinet)
Niels Klein (baritone, bass-clarinet)


JazzGroove Mothership Orchestra - Dream Wheel, 2007

JazzGroove Mothership Orchestra - Dream Wheel, 2007

Release Date: 05 May 2007

Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra

Dream Wheel 2007

live recording with this wonderful Sydney-based Jazz Orchestra! All my compositions except one by David Theak.

Saxophones:
David Theak
Murray Jackson
Roger Manins
Scott Langley
Nick Bowd 

Trumpets:
Darryl Carthew
Tim Crow
Simon Ferenci
Matt Jodrell 

Trombones:
Jeremy Borthwick
Lucian McGuiness
Danny Carmichael
Colin Burrows 

Rhythm:
Florian Ross - piano, rhodes
James Muller - guitar
Brendan Clarke -bass
Evan Mannell - drums


Florian Ross Trio - Big Fish & Small Pond, 2006

Florian Ross Trio - Big Fish & Small Pond, 2006

Release Date: 05 May 2006

Inspired by the quintet recording of 2004, I decided to get together again with those two fabulous players!

Florian Ross (piano)
Dietmar Fuhr (bass)
Stéphane Huchard (drums)


Nils Wogram's Nostalgia Trio - Daddy's Bones, 2004

Nils Wogram's Nostalgia Trio - Daddy's Bones, 2004

Release Date: 05 May 2004

Nils Wogram (trombone)
Florian Ross (organ)
Dejan Terzic (drums)

Florian Ross Quintet - Home & Some other Place

Florian Ross Quintet - Home & Some other Place

Release Date: 05 May 2004

After my first quintet album of 1998, this is a new band with trumpeter Claus Stötter and drummer Stéphane Huchard. All compositions were written exclusively for this recording.

"If one overwhelming quality leaps out of the music of Florian Ross, it is his skill as a composer. He has a finely attuned sense for narrative and his pieces are rich in harmonic detail. Most of his music flows with a calm resplendence, yet he can pump up the pulse and get into a harder groove without losing the emotive essence.

Ross also has a gift for orchestrated arrangements. His ensemble lines are lush and seamless, filled with a shimmering grace. But even as these lend the romanticism to several of the pieces, he can go off that line and come in at a tangent, as he does with "Dr. Gradus. The members of his quintet converge from different angles, navigating their own little paths, before Matthias Erlewein comes in with some short, quick jabs on the tenor and Claus Stötter glides in on the flugelhorn and moves the bop drive from shadow to object.

The skein of "Like Like Like is of a different colour. Ross explores the nuances of the tune, and as he gets deeper into the pattern, he takes it away from the instincts of chamber music and turns it into a more absorbing ballad. There is a two-toned approach when "Arts & Chemistry get together. The trumpet, once going on a straight path, juts up and breaks into short convulsions; the tenor sax breathes a hard gnawing line; and the piano dances on an array of happy notes. There is no stasis, just a constant movement that provides an enthralling shift in its short but compulsive journey.

Ross and the band make this well worth tuning in to."

Jerry D'Souza, allaboutjazz.com

Claus Stötter (trumpet, flügelhorn)
Matthias Erlewein (tenor sax)
Florian Ross (piano)
Dietmar Fuhr (bass)
Stéphane Huchard (drums)


Florian Ross Trio - Blinds & Shades, 2002

Florian Ross Trio - Blinds & Shades, 2002

Release Date: 05 May 2002

My first piano trio recording.

Florian Ross (piano)
Rémi Vignolo (bass)
John Hollenbeck (drums), Martijn Vink (drums live)


Florian Ross Brass Project - Lilacs & Laughter, 2000

Florian Ross Brass Project - Lilacs & Laughter, 2000

Release Date: 05 May 2000

My first large ensemble recording released in 2000.

"In Lilacs and Laughter, young German pianist and composer Florian Ross and his colleagues achieve a remarkable creative balance between adventurous written forms and extemporization. This highly atypical expanded ensemble wisely avoids conventional arrangements and chord-spelling exercises in favor of Ross' thirteen highly challenging originals, which are consistently evocative, atmospheric, and memorable. The ensemble's consistent use of space in lieu of strongly defined chords results in tremendous tonal freedom relative to defined structures. Not excessively chromatic, nor overly concerned with metrics, this very forward-looking music bears witness to the fact that the future of Jazz lies in continued exploration. Original voices in composition are very rare, and Florian Ross stands among them."

James D. Armstrong, Jr., JazzNow.com, October 2000

Trumpets:
Ingolf Burkhardt, Claus Stötter, Eric Vloeimans
Trombones:
Jürgen Neudert, Nils Wogram, Ed Partyka
French Horns:
Ruth Funke, Christine Chapman
Rhyhthm:
Florian Ross (piano), Ingmar Heller (bass), John Hollenbeck (drums)

 


Suite for Soprano Sax & String Orchestra (feat. David Liebman), 1999

Suite for Soprano Sax & String Orchestra (feat. David Liebman), 1999

Release Date: 05 May 1999

"Composed and arranged by pianist Florian Ross, Suite For Soprano Sax and String Orchestra brings to life Ross’ concept to compose a series of pieces which are based upon pastoral themes of English classical composers. Here, soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman paves the way and assists fulfilling Ross’ master game plan which fuses classical music behind the guiding light of Liebman’s improvisations and thematic articulations.

On “Part 1” the listener is treated to lush strings in support of Liebman’s sinewy and melodic phraseology supplemented by Ross’ superb and very textural approach on the keys. Here and throughout, it should be noted that Dave Liebman has rarely sounded better through his adept utilization of vibrato, angular and rapid phrasing while generally maintaining the prominent melodies. Also, Liebman and the “The Event String Ensemble” are more or less in synch as they stay within the same key which at times can muddle or become distracting during hybrid jazz-classical outings of this ilk. On “Part 2”, Liebman’s sweet and passionate phrasing is stated in unison with the string section as this piece evolves into a somber ballad. On “Part 6”, Liebman is fast and furious over a driving and peppery backbeat supplied by drummer Jochen Ruckert and bassist Dietmar Fuhr. Yes, these folks do swing and break out of the occasional austere environs as Liebman demonstrates his keen sensibilities of driving the proceedings with either rapid thematic movement or pensive, heartfelt passages. On Part 6, a point could be made as to whether the string section adds much value to this composition as the arrangements come in spurts emphasizing Liebman’s soaring soprano sax work. Ross’ delightful utilization of harmonics is captured in “Part 5”. “Part 4” features a gorgeous melody as told through Liebman’s elegant and sonorous soprano sax. Here, Ross’ enhances this clever and enduring arrangement through his graceful, elegant phrasing and chord progressions.

Florian Ross’ concept work rather well, as the compositions are meaningful, melodic and taken as a whole the project emits an air of continuity and a uniform flow. Dave Liebman’s brilliant soprano sax work is the major ingredient here. A saxophonist of lesser talents may have proved disastrous for this recording. Apparently, Ross’ had Liebman in mind from the onset and thankfully, Liebman obliged.Suite For Soprano Sax and String Orchestra is a joyful listening experience and all involved should be commended for their efforts! Recommended. * * * *"

Glen Astarita allaboutjazz.com

Florian Ross (piano)
David Liebman (soprano sax)
Dietmar Fuhr (bass)
Jochen Rückert (drums)

Florian Ross Quintet - Seasons & Places, 1998

Florian Ross Quintet - Seasons & Places, 1998

Release Date: 05 May 1998

"Many American jazz musicians who spend time collaborating with European counterparts invariably state that some of the most challenging and innovative jazz emanates from outside of the United States. Those musicians should be in a position to know. And a cursory review of what's happening in the U.S., what with retreads and reinventions of Ellington and Monk, gives support to the argument about invention coming from other countries besides the one where jazz arose.

That's not entirely a true statement when listeners accept the new languages and explorations of musicians like Ben Allison, Don Byron, Uri Caine or Dave Douglas. But the point is not diminished that much of the extensions of jazz composition and improvisation comes from overseas.

Such is the case with Florian Ross' quintet. "Seasons and Places" is the first CD released with Ross as a leader, and it has to be one of last year's most outstanding premiere jazz CD's. Unfortunately, it may remain undiscovered because of limited U.S. distribution and weak name recognition.

Ross proves himself to be not only a strong presence on each of the tunes, but also his compositional skills are admired by none other than the respected Jim McNeely in the well-written liner notes. With Ross' experiments in time signatures and harmonic advances, we find a group more in tune with some of the more explorative Wayne Shorter/Herbie Hancock work than any others that may come to mind. Indeed tenor saxophonist Matthias Erlewein adopts a tone and method of intervallic placement that's reminiscent of Shorter's language of his Blue Note heyday. And Ross offers a dynamic musical sensibility even when he accompanies his hornmen, for example merely moving the modulations along with half-noted, dense chords.

With several awards and experience arranging for European big bands behind him, Ross has chosen to present his quintet in the middle range with the assistance of tenor sax and trombone. In that respect, his group is similar in darkness and timbre to Dave Holland's. Exhibiting a range of moods, from the rapid-fire "Clapham Junction" to the meditative "Winteraire," Ross has put together an excellent CD, consisting as it does of excellent musicians, all deserving much wider recognition.

The impressionistic and unpredictable "Seasons and Places" is highly recommended for listeners who appreciate unconventional approaches to composition and a high level of improvisational complexity."

Don Williamson, 52ndstreet.com

Matthias Erlewein (tenor sax)
Nils Wogram (trombone)
Florian Ross (piano)
Dietmar Fuhr (bass)
Jochen Rückert (drums)