Ross, Brandon (K.)
- Matthew Alan Thomas
(b New Brunswick, NJ). American guitarist and composer. He began his musical career in the 1970s as a copyist for Leroy Jenkins and played in Archie Shepp’s large ensemble. In the 1980s he formed his own trio with the violinist Terry Jenoure and the drummer Kamal Sabir, played with the TenRenRen quartet, and performed as a sideman for many other groups. While working as Cassandra Wilson’s music director (1993–6) he produced arrangements for her first two Blue Note albums. In the 1990s he performed in the quartet Treasured Stranger and in Henry Threadgill’s band Make a Move. Ross then formed a collective trio called Harriet Tubman with the bass player Melvin Gibbs and the drummer J.T. Lewis. The group released a live album titled Ascension (2011, Sunnyside) as a tribute to John Coltrane. Ross also formed a band called Blazing Beauty (2004) to explore acoustic string- and percussion-based folk music. It released two albums: ...