Gerald Ross is a world-class musician playing guitar, ukulele, and steel. The drums and bass lines are sequenced. The song line-up includes a list of hits from decades all of them brilliantly arranged and played by Gerald.

When it comes to instrumental music, Gerald is one of those people that has a great understanding of dynamics and subtlety. His playing is smooth and he exhibits a great deal of finesse. Nothing is over the top and nothing is left wanting.

The CD kicks off with a Benny Goodman tune. If you like swing, this track with get your attention in the few seconds and keep it.

“Samba De Orfeu”, the Luis Bonfa tune is a standard. It’s been in movie scores and countless recordings. Gerald plays it beautifully.

“California Girls” has a little swing edge to it.

“Sleepwalk” is an old Farina brothers tune. It’s been played and recorded many times over the years, but Gerald makes it his own. There is an Hawaiian flavor to this rendition, thanks to the steel guitar. The steel is dead-on. You won’t hear timing mishaps, nor flat or sharp notes. With such extensive use of steel, that is rare. Flawlessly performed in this recording.

“Sabor A Mi'” will hook you in the first measure. Great intro. I love the guitar work. Again, timing is EVERYTHING on this song and Gerald pins it down nicely. Even the sequenced snare drum is perfect.

“You Don’t Know Me” is another song that became a standard. Cindy Walker wrote it… I think it was the mid 1950s. It was recorded by several notable artists, including Ray Charles who gave it a really edgy vibe. I love this interpretation of it.

“One Mint Julep” also was done by Ray Charles. It has appeared on many recordings.

“Things We Said Today” Beatles tune. I believe Paul McCartney wrote this tune. Not many people remember it.

“The Gypsy” is another standard. I recall the Ink Spots version of the tune.

“Canadian Sunset” is another song I have heard many time. I really like Gerald’s interpretation of it here. Nice blend of guitars and steel.

“Apache” is a “surf music” tune and I have heard it more than once. I am not sure who wrote it. Nicely done.

“He Aloha No Honolulu” I was not familiar with this song. I like it. Again, nice steel work.

“Runaway” Del Shannon made run-run-run-run-runaway a bit hit in the early Sixties. Gerald has once again made it his own.

“Music to Watch Girls By” …I remember this song from my parents record collection when I was a kid. Andy Williams had a great voice and I remember his rendition well.

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy. I want more. This is a great collection of tunes from a great musician.

Ukulele Player
Issue 5, April 2009

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This CD has grabbed the attention of the ukulele world, and when you give it listen you’ll know why.

Howard Kalish


I just got mine, and I love it! I have other recordings by ukulele greats like Ohta-San, Lyle Ritz and Roy Smeck, along with the “Legends of Ukulele” compilation put out by Rhino featuring other masters past and present, and I think Gerald’s work ranks right up there among them. (Nice steel guitar, too) Congrats on a fine CD! Highly recommended.

Scott Thomas


Even an old duffer like me can appreciate the artistry and talent on this disc. My golf hat’s off to you Gerald !!

Don “Snoshu” Thompson
(formerly of “the DT’s”)


I bought this CD after buying my first ukulele, hoping it would help this old guitar player acquire an ear for the uke. This CD has given me more than an ear for the ukulele, it has also provided me a great deal of pleasure and joy, set my feet to tapping, and moved me to strum away on my new uke every day! Even my eight-year-old daughter loves this CD.

WOG


Interesting, skilled playing, great tune selection. One of the best versions of Back Home in Indiana I’ve ever heard. Pretty As the Moon is just gorgeous! Every track’s a winner on this excellent CD. I’m glad I bought a copy.

Marion Garbo Seltzer


Ladies and Gentlemen (small drumroll): If you haven’t yet decided to buy, please do – you won’t be disappointed. If you have ordered and are nervously awaiting its arrival, believe me the wait will be worthwhile. I haven’t been as delighted with a new uke CD since Soybean Sawyer’s magnum opus way back when. They always say that siblings produce uncanny collaborations together (the Boswell Sisters, the Andrews Sisters, the Everlies, etc.) – how much more so when you’re accompanying yourself? Gerald, clearly expert in all his chosen instruments for this disc, effortlessly gets around the potential problems of overtracking yourself: he doesn’t sound laboured and metronomic; rather spontaneous and in a definite groove. The choice of tracks is pretty much without fault – Tin Pan Alley, Island, Modern and Standards alongside some self-penned crackers – and the whole production is a delight from beginning to end. Even the cover graphics had me smiling. Many of us will have heard tasters for this album online – they set a pretty high standard, which the rest of the tracks match effortlessly. Alongside the earlier-mentioned Mr Sawyer, it’s great to see and hear top quality musicianship coming to the ukulele again. I bet Lyle Ritz would like this (praise enough!), and cannot recommend this disc highly enough for those looking for a soundtrack to the Summer. Top marks, Mr Ross – I look forward to your next waxing! Many thanks.

U.R.


I’m listening to my CD right now and am in heaven. ‘Indiana’ is playing and I can’t decide which I like better, that or Easter Parade. Hold the vote, I have to add in Chattanoga Choo Choo to my favs. What a great CD. Don’t pass this one up folks!

Pat Lefleur


It’s hard to say whether the ukulele is making a comeback — if it will ever again be as popular as it was in the 1920s and ’30s. Certainly many musicians in a number of different and sometimes unexpected genres such as rock ‘n’ roll and pop are taking it up. Not only musicians, either. Warren Buffett, the second richest man in the world, plays one. (I wonder what Bill Gates plays: a piccolo?)

The ukulele is a Mini Cooper among the SUVs of the music world. It has neither the volume, nor the tonal range of guitars, violins and other acoustic stringed instruments, but if you know how, you can get a lot of musical mileage out of it.

Gerald Ross knows how. Long a familiar face on the Ann Arbor and national music scene for his work with the Lost World String Band, among others, Ross is an excellent guitar player who is also accomplished on Hawaiian steel guitar and Cajun accordion. However, on his latest recording it’s the uke that wins pole position.

On Ukulele Stomp, Ross expertly steers his way through a wide variety of musical styles from Western swing to jazz and blues, and of course a few requisite Hawaiian tunes, smoothly shifting gears from Irving Berlin to the Beatles, from “That’s Amore” to “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Every track is tastefully arranged and masterfully performed — Ross plays all the instruments on the album — and every tune serves as yet another fine vehicle for displaying the ukulele’s unique capabilities. Ukulele Stomp belongs in the winner’s circle.

Sandor Slomovits
Current Magazine
November 2006


Light the candles, spike the eggnog and trim the tree… spin the dreidel and send out for Chinese.”

It’s Mistletoe Mazel Tov, a new CD of ukulele holiday favorites from Ukulelia pal, Gerald Ross.

Gerald calls this a “collection of holiday instrumental classics arranged for ukulele and steel guitar.” He was kind enough to send us a reviewer’s copy and we’ve been rockin’ around the Christmas tree here for several days. My favorite so far is his arrangement of the achingly bittersweet Christmas Time is Here from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”…

…At our humble, but brilliant suggestion, Gerald has posted the chords for his arrangement of Go Tell it on the Mountain online here.

Get your copy today and give it a sov.

Uke’chaim!

Gary
Ukulelia
October 2010
Original review at Ukulelia