Jersey Jazz, September 2011, by Joe Lang HOLLI ROSS, known to many from her participation in the vocal trio String of Pearls, has just released her first solo effort, "You'll See" (Miles High Records), and it is a winner. She has recruited a stellar band comprised of Claudio Roditi on trumpet, flugelhorn and percussion, Dennis Wilson on trombone, Ted Rosenthal on piano, Rufus Reid on bass and Matt Wilson on drums. The program is eclectic and full of surprises. "Wedding Bell Blues" opens the album with Ross effectively taking it slowly with sole support from Rosenthal, who is a marvel throughout. The title track is a tune by the underrated English songwriter Carroll Coates that has been taken up by many of the top female jazz vocalists. Ross sings it beautifully. Oscar Pettiford's "Tricotism" is taken for an interesting ride with the wordless vocal by Ross accompanied by Reid's bass. Many of today's singers try their hand at writing lyrics, usually leaving a lot to be desired. Ross shows on three of the album's tracks that she has a deft way with words, having penned the lyrics for two compositions by Roditi, "Forty Three After" and "Cafe Suite," and one by Reid, "Elegy." Ross lets her jazz genes infuse her singing on You'll See, with nice results. (HYPERLINK "http://holliross.com/"holliross.com)