Brooklyn-via-Chicago vibraphonist Joel Ross has released his new album Who Are You?.
Ross had previewed the 15-track album with the tracks “More?,” “Gato’s Gift” and closing track “3-1-2.” The record comes a mere year after his bandleader debut KingMaker—a swift follow-up explained by the fact that the album, which Ross recorded with his quintet Good Vibes, had already been done for years by the time it was released by Blue Note Records, as the New York Times reports.
Ross reunited with Good Vibes again for this record, playing with Jeremy Corren on piano, Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone, Jeremy Dutton on drums and Kanoa Mendenhall on bass. For the recording of Who Are You?, Ross said the band aimed to capture their live chemistry. “I was really going for the same energy that we get during gigs… I like the idea of trying to capture the essence of how we perform live and relate that to what we do in the studio,” he told Blue Note Records president Don Was in a video interview.
Ross will launch Who Are You? with a performance streamed live from the Blue Note in New York tonight at 8pm Eastern time. Buy a ticket here and stream Who Are You? now:
And watch Ross’ chat with Was below: