Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Flight

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Flight

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Ross Hammond

Flight

Prescott

Free-jazz guitarist's solo-acoustic effort makes for stimulating listening

Sacramento's Ross Hammond grew up around folk, blues, and gospel, but like his heroes- Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, and Pharoah Sanders-he took a left turn along the way and wound up playing free jazz. The 15 songs on Flight range from radically re-imagined versions of "Nobody Knows the Doubles I've Seen" and "In the Garden" to freely improvised pieces of his own, with titles like "Seven Years Later, I Still Remember You" and "The Jellyfish Reached the End of the Journey." It's all solo, one-take acoustic, played on a Martin 000-15, a Fender Villager 12-string, and a Savannah resophonic. And though he's clearly indebted to American Primitives like John Fahey, Hammond's too firmly rooted in free jazz and electric guitar to fit, discarding most of what once seemed important. …

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