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"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)
"With a dozen albums under his belt, the guitarist has exponentially pushed the envelope, largely with great success....Humanity Suite is one continuous, extended work that translates Hammond's emotive sensibilities into a long-form musical statement, providing stimulus for one's nerve-center."
-Glenn Astarita, - AllAboutJazz.com
"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)
"What Hammond performed was a stylistically far reaching program that was expansive even by jazz terms..."
-Walter Tunis, Lexington Herald Leader 8/2014
"As a guitarist and composer, he has assembled a highly personal sonic palette by following his wide-ranging musical interests, embracing rock, funk, jazz, pop, ambience and free improvisation..."
-Andrew Gilbert, The California Report
"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
"The rapid elliptical lines repeat like possessed pamphleteers speaking in tongues in the subway station..."
-Paul Acquaro, Freejazzblog.org (Shiner Review)
"Ross Hammond's Humanity Suite - A monumental stew of improvisation and emotional force from guitarist Hammond and band..."
-George Grella, brooklynrail.org (5/2014)
"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)