Adored by the Ross Hammond Quartet was recorded in Los Angeles at Newzone Studio in December, 2011 and engineered by Wayne Peet. This live session featuring Vinny Golia (reeds), Alex Cline (drumset) and Steuart Liebig (bass). After playing a few quartet gigs of pure improvised music, this session takes an about face with the focus being on simple, folk material with the intention to collectively improvise over these themes.
Cover photo was taken by Wes Davis, and the layout was done by Lawrence Dinkins. Special thanks to Anthony Garcia, Randy McKean and Tom Monson for their graphic and liner contributions.
Thank you for listening!
"Ross Hammond is no doubt the best unknown electric guitarist I've heard in many years and this disc is proof of his ambitious abilities. "
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
"Hammond's voice on guitar is a new and welcome one to me...The group works with big swatches of sound that showcase a cohesive sound and interactive playing. 'Adored' feels honest and authentic, and it's is a pleasure to listen to."
-Paul Acquaro, freejazz-stef.blogspot.com
"Consider the album to be much like Hammond’s day-to-day with Lola; awake at 6 a.m. and full of energy, a settling in period, a mid-day walk with small fits of exuberance and crankiness, a lullaby for a nap or the night’s tuck-in. It is all lovingly expressed in the sea changes of Adored."
-Blake Gillespie, Submerge Magazine
"He's a unique and inspired guitarist - loose but in so much control, steeped in jazz and improv, with a deep beauty and comforting melancholy through much of his playing. Hammond's style inspires those who play with him, something wonderfully apparent on his new CD."
-Troy Mighty, Midtown Monthly
"The music is layered with sweetness, without being simple or saccharine. Improvisation on songs like the title track, when every musician charges ahead full-speed, feels like a crowded party with fascinating guests vying for attention..."
-Becca Costello, Sacramento News and Review