Original Music Recordings

Live at the Mira Room (EP)

Sam Ross - Pianist, Composer, Educator

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Live at the Mira Room (EP)

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My EP, “Live at the Mira Room,” is available for streaming on all major platforms. This is a live set of 6 my original jazz/jazz-adjacent compositions recorded shortly before the pandemic. You’ll hear from the likes of myself on piano and rhodes, Simba Distis on upright and electric bass, and Dr Mimmi Mured on drums. These cats are like extensions of me considering how well they play and understand my music. I never have to tell them what to do because they already know what I want. I’m truly honored to have them on the record.

My buddy Chris Rodriguez did the cover art. He was a joy to work with and absolutely nailed it- it really puts you in the space! I highly recommend Chris for all your art needs. He is the man.

One of my closest friends, Tom Kendall Hughes, mixed and mastered the record. I cannot say enough about this man. He brought the music to life and brought out so much depth and color I didn’t even know existed! Not to mention that he’s been my rock during this whole pandemic. One of the most talented and genuine people I have the pleasure of knowing.

I sincerely hope you enjoy!

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Road to the TOP EP

Sam Ross

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Back in 2015 I originally wanted to have this be my debut album. But as time has went on, I've gradually been finding my own voice as a composer. I want to record sometime again in the future and make sure the work represents who I've become as a writer. However, there is a whole lotta fantastic material here from some super talented people, so I didn't want that go to waste. I am sure this is not technically an EP, but I am releasing it as such.

This album more reflects who I was around the end of high school. It features many of the musicians who helped to form me as a composer and musician.

Recorded on August 24th, 2015 at The Woodshed in Hawaiian Gardens, CA.

Session engineered by Gabe De La Parra.

Mixed and mastered by Mike Makowski (1-5), Tom Hughes (6)

Album art by Abby Clemens.

"Born Into This" lyrics by Jordan Brown, AKA Apollo Stripes.

All music composed and arranged by Sam Ross

Thanks to everyone who made this come to life.

Personnel

Bryan Baker: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute (1-4, 6) Brandon Baker: tenor saxophone (1, 2) Will Stevens: tenor saxophone (3, 6) Will Brahm: electric guitar (1-3, 6) Sam Ross: piano, synthesizer Kyle Schafer: keyboard (4) Jay Hemphill: electric bass (1) Marc Encabo: electric bass (2, 4) Cole Brossus: electric bass (3, 5, 6) Brian Gazo: drums (1, 5) Robert Mantz: drums (2, 4) Tom Hughes: drums (3,6) Apollo Stripes: rap (5) Kathleen Van Ruiten: soprano vox (5) Natalie Mendoza: alto vox (5) Greg Fletcher: tenor vox (5) Chris Stevens: vibraphone (6)

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