This is an independent recording debut for guitarist/composer/bandleader Clay Ross. He was recently named Jazz Ambassador by the U.S. State Department and is also a member of the world-renowned percussionist Cyro Baptista’s group "Beat the Donkey."
Clay Ross is a versatile and creative guitarist/composer based in New York City. Utilizing both the electric and acoustic guitars in a number of musical settings, he creates a unique sound through a genre defying openness.
Apparently recorded in South Carolina over two late night sessions in December 2004, Clay employed the talents of three southern natives. Featuring the inventive tenor playing of Atlanta’s Kebbi Williams (Jeff "Tain" Watts, Outkast) and the dynamic rhythm section of Brian Mulholland (electric bass) and Stockton Helbing (drums), both current members of jazz legend Maynard Ferguson’s touring band, this recording delivers the intimacy of live performance with the sound quality of studio production. Engineered and mixed at Williamson Evans Music by Duane Evans, The Random Puller was also mastered by the ubiquitous Allan Tucker (Verve, Tzadik) at Foothill Digital in NYC.
On this album he smoothly moves through nine original compositions, proving his talent both as composer and a musician. He has a way to touch your senses with his music. It’s the unique combination of improvising and sweet melancholic melodies, which can really get a grip on you. It’s lyrical and poetic and very romantic all wrapped up in one.Imagine an open fireplace, a nice glass of wine and then Clay Ross on the background. What more can you wish for? Enjoy!