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"...Ross’ voice suggests a star sapphire: deep, indigo-hued and immaculately pure,
yet shot through with a captivating smokiness.."
Christopher Loudon - Jazz Times

"...Holli Ross has just released her first solo effort, You'll See, and it is a winner."
Joe Lang - Jersey Jazz

"...You'll See is a serious jazz vocal album from a singer who knows how to present a song
with a measure of elegance...a top-tier jazz vocalist."
Edward Blanco - All About Jazz

"...a captivating and inventive display of everything good about straight ahead vocal jazz
with an all star line up."
Brent Black - Digital Jazz News

"...exceptional solo release...slow, gorgeous takes...She injects a certain sexuality..."
Chris Nickson - Allmusic Guide



Jon Hendricks:
As a lyricist, Holli speaks from the heart and she does it well with relevance and quick wit.

Bill Kirchner: …
a captivating voice and keen intelligence…she’ll grab your heart.

Daryl Sherman: 
Any day that Holli sings is a Holli-day.

Stuart Troup says:
A standout in and out of a crowd.  The voice of experience.  A standout jazz vocalist.

Curt Davis says: …
.. .a classy jazz singer

Cadence Magazine: ….
a true jazz singer



The Review of Jazz & Blues: Creative improvised Music
Johnston-Lackerschmid Project, New Singers – New Songs, New York

Holli Ross is really the only true jazz singer of the bunch, energetically wailing through her melodies and even doing a little sophisticated scatting. The musicianship is a plus too. The rhythm work is consistently good. Lackerschmid takes a number of feathery vibes solos and Lee Konitz and Atilla Zoller both take achingly pretty solos on one song each.

New York Newsday
Around Town
By Stuart Troup
Holli Ross: The Voice of Experience
A Standout Jazz Vocalist

Once in a while a voice is raised in song at the Knickerbocker, the room at 33 University Place. And the change from the usual piano and bass fare is a consciousness-raising experience.

Many diners have become inured to instrumental music in restaurants simply because music is everywhere – in department stores, elevators, clinics. The presence of musicians, even such virtuoso players as Kenny Barron and Paul West, is lost on a public whose every move is accompanied by musical background.

A voice, however, often commands more consideration. It conveys meanings in a language that even the tone-deaf can appreciate. On these Monday nights at the Knickerbocker, where the conversation level often overpowers the piano/bass offerings, singer, Holli Ross is earning some attention with the musical poetry of Matt Dennis, Duke Ellinton, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, and George and Ira Gershwin.

Ross, who has a sweet and malleable voice, has performed as a single many times, but she is perhaps best known as one of the singers in the groups Mad Romance and String of Pearls. "But I'm on my own now," she said between sets the other night. Not quite. She's being accompanied by pianist Russ Kasoff, a hard swinging and nuance-filled player who has long underpinned the singing of Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli. He also has been able to stretch out from time to time at the Knickerbocker as a leader.
"I've been busy writing material for an album I want to do," Ross said. "and I want to lean toward salsa. There's some Celia Cruz tunes I've been translating and reworking plus I'm writing originals."

Her sets this past Monday, however, were filled largely with evergreens – a bouncy "I Could Write a Book," "How Long Has This Been Going On" and some songs dedicated to the memory of Sarah Vaughan, including "My Old Flame." Among the unusual pieces she sang was Oscar Pettiford's "Bohemia After Dark," to which Ronny Whyte has added lyrics, and a swooping "Two For The Road."
Ross and Kasoff return to the scene at 9:30 Monday night.

Village Herald
Hot jazz for a cool time
By Phil Holland

It was a scene straight out of Greenwich Village in the early sixties. Smoke hung heavily in the air tracing wispy patterns in the glow of amber gels. The patrons sat at the red covered tables sipping Irish coffees and ice cold beers, and the music was hot.
It was not lower Manhattan. It was downtown Port Jefferson. It was Grisold's Cabaret and it was Jazz Night. An incredibly versatile group of musicians was on stage rasing spirits and temperatures. The Holli Ross Quartet was hot.

Piano, bass and percussion backed Ross, weaving a tapestry of sound around her, sometimes giving mere support to her intriguing vocal line and at other times making a comment all their own. Set after set the group got richer in color and more ambitious.
Their style was honest, clean and unencumbered, yet energetic. Like a jigsaw puzzle, they pulled a melody apart and put it back together adding rhythms and rhymes – going from ominous cool to subtle brighter blends of color and harmony.

Taking the song "It Might As Well Be Spring," from the relatively unknown musical "Very Warm for May" the quartet worked miracles. Ross sang the vocal line with understatement, reminiscent of the great Miss Fitzgerald. Ross created her own set of rhythms on the Horace Silver classic, "Sister Sadie," and performed vocal gymnastics with "Teach Me Tonight."

This group is a must-see. If you like your jazz hot and sultry, innovative and provocative, Holli Ross is someone to hear.


German Reviews

New York Jazz Flair
Dillingen Public enthusiastic about Lackerschmid Trio

In the course of a tour of Germany the Wolfgang Lackerschmid Trio made a guest appearance in Dillingen last Sunday.

For a good two hours the musicians transported the large audience into the international atmosphere of American jazz clubs. Holli Ross, with her perfect intonation and feeling for jazz interpretation, was a highly competent participant and put the finishing touch on Lackerschmid's compositions. Wolfgang Lackerschmid, who performed on the vibraphone, was accompanied on bass by the Canadian bassist Rocky Knauer, who laid down a solid foundation, and by the fantastic guitarist Frank Kuroc, who was thoroughly convincing with his sympathetic playing.

One can hope that Lackerschmid's work with the Dillinger Band "Jazziz" may lead to a repetition of this kind of concert event.

Wolfgang Lackerschmid, vibraphonist of world renown, in the Garsching Ratskeller

Holli Ross was the special guest. Lackerschmid works often with her in the USA, ever since they met there at a record date. Holli is most at home in the New York clubs. And though she is not yet so well known here, we know from Sinatra, "If you can make it there...."

Holli took up the red thread of the concert with her many sided, bright blues voice. She defiantly sang "I Can't Find a Reason For Spring" against the beer-garden weather, in order to prepare the ground with this sad blues for more lively offerings: swing a la Ella brought the small auditorium (which meanwhile had warmed up a bit) into the mood for Lackerschmid's wild bebop and free work "Take 2", or inviting numbers like "Waltz for Berlin" (made famous by Chet Baker) or a number which sounded like a jazz variant of Bill Withers' "Aint No Sunshine."

"Schonste Blutentraume..."

......The New York jazz singer Holli Ross proved that expressiveness and dynamics are possible even with limited amplification and arranged for the most beautiful blossom dreams with capacity to modulate between silky soft and arrestingly forceful.

Jazz in the Gulfhouse

…..The very attentive audience was very involved, above all when the NY singer, Holli Ross got into the action. The singer with the look of an American college girl was dazzling with her strongly expressive and intense singing and showered so much energy, so much unrestrained cheerfulness that the audience had no choice but to let themselves be pulled along with it.

Lackerschmid and Ross were accompanied by Rocky Knauer (bass), Thomas Cremer (drums) and Peter Reiter (piano).