Joel Ross – The Parable of the Poet

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Acclaimed vibraphonist and composer Joel Ross returns with his 3rd Blue Note album, The Parable of the Poet, an expansive album-length suite comprised of 7 evocative movements.

The suite is performed by a dynamic 8-piece ensemble with Ross joined by Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone, Maria Grand on tenor saxophone, Marquis Hill on trumpet, Kalia Vandever on trombone, Sean Mason on piano, Rick Rosato on bass & Craig Weinrib on drums.

Allmusic awarded the album four stars and reviewer Matt Collar wrote:”With his third Blue Note album, 2022’s Parable of the Poet, vibraphonist Joel Ross offers yet another window into his nuanced and sophisticated post-bop world. … Ross leads his group through a slowly moving tone cloud in which the whole band seems to be moaning with a collective grief over all the pain and suffering in the world.”

Track listing:

A1 Prayer 7:45
A2 Guilt 9:22
B Choices 7:44
C1 Wail 10:20
C2 The Impetus (To Be And Do Better) 6:22
D1 Doxology (Hope) 3:59
D2 Benediction 5:44


Label: Blue Note – B003467701
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Test Pressing, Stereo
Country: US
Released: Apr 22, 2022
Duration: 51:15
Recording location: Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, NY