Ross - "Driven by the Blues"
Some people think the blues is a down thing. But to quote
Willie Dixon again, "All blues are happy blues."
Willie would be happy to hear Jimbo Ross plays the blues,
because when Jimbo plays, people listen. He's the embodiment
of the happy blues - even in the deepest and darkest of songs,
he finds the shining silver lining in the dark clouds, the
joy inside the blues.
Jimbo spent a lot of time playing guitar growing up, and
it's in his unprecedented translation of guitar style blues
to the viola that he has found a sound entirely his own. A
virtuoso violist who has long been in great demand as a studio
musician for his uncanny chameleonic ability to adapt the
viola to any musical genre, he's played everything from blues
to gospel, swing to salsa, Baroque to Bulgarian, be-bop to
hip-hop, Turkish to techno, and everywhere in-between. He's
played on classic albums such as The Band's The Last Waltz
and with legendary artists ranging from Ray Charles, Roy Orbison,
Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Jimmy Scott to Frank Sinatra,
Barbara Streisand, Rod Stewart, and Bob Dylan. He's played
in orchestras and in rock, jazz, and fusion bands, and for
years co-led the great band Swingstreet.
Sample MP3s and download at Amazon Music:
Driven By The Blues
Walkin By My Self
Messin With The Blues
It Hurts Me Too
I'm Tore Down
Just A Little Bit
You Can't Judge A Book
I've Got News For You
Help Me Through The Day
You Don't Have To Go