Joel Ross nods to Chicago on new song “3-1-2”

From the vibraphonist’s sophomore LP, out later this month.

Vibraphonist Joel Ross has shared the new single “3-1-2.”

The title not only references the area code of Chicago, Ross’ hometown, but also the structure of his composition: The melody repeats three times, the middle section appears just once and the closing section rolls around twice. “3-1-2” is a rich, enthralling jazz cut that stands out thanks to its focus on the vibraphonist’s fluid melodies, underpinned by dynamic instrumentation.

Following “More?” and “Gato’s Gift,” “3-1-2” is the third single to be cut from the vibraphonist’s sophomore LP Who Are You?, which is set for release later this month. It’s his second album as bandleader following his 2019 debut KingMaker, which featured the tracks “Yana” and “Ill Relations.”


Aside from his solo career, the Brooklyn-based musician has also played on Makaya McCraven’s album Universal Beings, performed in Marquis Hill’s Blacktet and alongside fellow Blue Note Records artist James Francies.

On Who Are You?, Ross enlists the help of saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, Jeremy Corren on piano, Kanoa Mendenhall on bass, Jeremy Dutton on drums and harpist Brandee Younger. The album will arrive on October 23 via Blue Note Records.

Listen to “3-1-2” here:


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