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Get Sorted

by Paul Van Ross

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On more than half of these all-original compositions, the works of such Blue Note stalwarts as Wayne Shorter, Hank Mobley and junior Cook shine a mighty light on the path trod by this much younger generation of Australian musicians.

No slavish copyist, Paul uses their inspiration to find his own way
forward. He has taken the best of yesterday and then given us a satisfying peek into the future.

Just as the Blue Note tenors always surrounded themselves with
first-rate talent, Paul finds himself here in good Melbourne company.
Guitarist Stephen Magnusson is a sought-after creator of fresh and
stimulating lines of melodic development. He could be described as
" ... the sound of surprise."

On the Hammond B-3, Kim Kelaart drops the odd reference to the
master, jimmy Smith, Without trying to be a sound-alike.

Drummer Mark Lockett is a powerhouse of rhythm that compliments
the melody-players rather than competing with them.

Subjectively, some CD highlights: Blues For The Now features
masterful interplay between Paul and Stephen; Possum Strut is a
frisky, clever and highly original Australian composition that has standard written all over it; Three and More exposes us to Paul's fine (and mercifully in-tune) soprano playing in a very contemporary mood; title track Get Sorted offers an insistent and tense theme which would work to perfection as the score for a movie thriller; Skin Thing is soulful plus, a loving throwback in spirit to the 'Wes Montgomery meets a great sax player' releases of the '60s; and Tango For 'H' is the real thing, a delightful Buenos Aires-style interlude amongst all the soul.

So, sure, this music might be just a bit retro, but there's plenty of new
inspiration on display as well. The adVice from here is, get yourself
sorted out in front of the CD player for an enriching musical experience.

Steve Robertson. Host of PBS-F M's Jazz On Saturday


released March 12, 2008

Paul Van Ross – tenor & soprano saxophone
Stephen Magnusson – guitar
Kim Kelaart – hammond B3 organ
Mark Lockett – drums

Recording Engineer: Robin Gray
Editing & Mixing: Robin Gray & Paul Van Ross
Mastering: James Clark & Paul Van Ross
Artwork: John Gunn
Photography: Christine Teo



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Paul Van Ross Melbourne, Australia

Paul is a talented saxophonist, flutist and composer. He has been performing and teaching for over 25 years. He studied and recorded in New York & Cuba (1996, 2009, 2013), and has toured and performed extensively in many parts the world.

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