Ross Hammond's Humanity Suite
(w/ Vinny Golia, Catherine Sikora, Dax Compise, Clifford Childers and Kerry Kashiwagi)
Released on LP and Digital Download
"It's a long, kaleidoscopic ride, with enough interesting developments along the way to make that three-quarters of a hour go by quickly...the music is a fine work of art on its' own."
-S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews (5/2014)
"Ross Hammond's Humanity Suite - A monumental stew of improvisation and emotional force from guitarist Hammond and band..."
-George Grella, brooklynrail.org (5/2014)
"With Humanity Suite, Hammond shows that he is adept at writing long pieces that include space for each musician’s individuality to shine through. Another compelling effort."
-Mike Barella, Avant Music News (5/2014)
"Moving seamlessly from compositional sketches to free group improvisation, Humanity Suiteis an exciting musical development in Hammond's discography. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next!"
-Paul Acquaro, Freejazzblog.org
"Over the years, Hammond has earned the respect of talented peers, and they’ve now joined him on Humanity Suite to reward him with his finest album to date."
-Blake Gillespie, Sacramento News and Review
"Arising star on the West Coast jazz and improvised music scene, the Sacramento-based Hammond released one of the most invigorating jazz guitar albums on 2013 in Cathedrals…"
-Chris Barton, LA Times (1/2014)
"Sacramento, California based guitarist Ross Hammond plays up a storm in the excellent company of drummer Alex Cline, bassist Steuart Liebig and saxophonist/flautist Vinny Golia on this adventurous and at times heady disc..."
-Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player Magazine (9/2013)
“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 Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter (2/2012) NYC
"Ross Hammond is the image of the intense artist - but when he puts a pick to his guitar strings, the image rises to full-fledged life. Hammond’s latest disc sheds some light on the inspiration and complexity behind his pensive approach...."
-New York City Jazz Record, http://nycjazzrecord.com/
"The Ross Hammond Quartet makes music that’s neither fully jazz nor fully rock, but in some nether land in between the two. That, along with Hammond’s rough-toned guitar makes it a little reminiscent of pre-Miles John Scofield, and whatever edginess Sco had back then, Ross Hammond has that now…"
-S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews
"Ross Hammond-The best kept secret in Sacramento...or perhaps the entire West Coast!"
-Brent Black, CriticalJazz.com
"...like a guitar-based "Ascension."
-Glenn Hall, Exclaim! (review of Adored, 4/2012)
"Ross Hammond can express himself with a guitar better than most people can with the English language."
-Sacramento News and Review (2010)