Can you tell us about your new album?

The album is our interpretation of blues’ and ballads, shaped by the culmination of many hours of communal spontaneous composition.

What other projects are you currently involved with?

I have a larger ensemble called ‘PARABLES’ that I’m currently getting new music ready for, as well as a number of commissions that I’m preparing to hopefully record soon. Besides my own projects, I love to be a part of and bring to life other people’s visions — some of those artists include: Marquis Hill, Makaya McCraven, Maria Grand, Peter Evans, Jonathan Blake, James Francies, etc.

What are you currently listening to and what was the last CD or download you bought?

I’ve most recently been listening to a lot of podcasts by a group called the Bible Project based in Portland, Oregon, studying various subjects in the bible such as Jesus’ sermon on the mount, the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, the Characteristics of God, etc.

Musically I’ve been a bit all over the place — I’ve just fallen in love with a song by Laura Marling called ‘What He Wrote’. Willow Smith has a new song called ‘alone’. Maria Grand just released her first single ‘See’ from her upcoming ‘Anohin’. Joy Guidry just released their interpretation of ‘Members Don’t Get Weary’. My twin brother Josh Ross and his band Mxmrys (pronounced memories) just released ‘Brother’s Keeper’ and ‘Is It Worth Holding?’ before that, from their upcoming EP.

A previous teacher of mine and fabulous artist in her own right, Natalie Chami, who goes by TALsounds, released ‘Shift’ this past November. It’s not new but ‘Revelation 19:1’ by Stephen Hurd moved my spirit recently. There’s a lot of music, constantly.

What is your all-time favourite album and why?

I don’t believe I have an all-time favorite album. A few of my current favorites that I return to are: Cecile McLorin Salvant’s ‘Ghost Song’, Miles Davis Quintet ‘Live At The Plugged Nickel’, A plethora of John Coltrane albums, notably the Live at the Vanguard albums, Live at the Half Note, etc. Thelonious Monk Quartet ‘Thelonious In Action’, Arvo Pärt ‘Tabula Rasa’, Milt Jackson Soul Route, Tye Tribbett & G.A. ‘Stand Out’

Who has caught your attention recently that we should be listening out for?

There are plenty of people making some wonderful music. A current newer favorite is Sean Mason’s ‘Southern Suite’.