“Joel is not only one of the preeminent instrumentalists of this era, but he is one of the greatest musical visionaries of his generation ”
– Don Was, Blue Note Records
“It’s clear that Ross is just getting started”
“The bright future stretching before Ross has as much to do with that emotional expression as anything that happens between his mallets and those metal bars ”
For the past several years, Joel Ross has been refining an expression that’s true to his sound and his generation. In 2019, the vibraphonist-composer released his anticipated Blue Note debut KingMaker to eruptive critical acclaim. He’s topped the DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star category for vibraphone and in 2017, he became one of the youngest artists to receive a coveted Residency Commission from The Jazz Gallery. With the release of Who Are You? (Blue Note, 2020), Ross shares the culmination of a year-long exercise in experimenting and risk-taking on and off the bandstand.