The Michigan-based self-taught Gerald Ross has recorded an album that includes ten Christmas- and Hanukkah-themed tunes. He plays ukulele, guitar, bass and drums, and has newly arranged all of the pieces for ukulele.

On his Talsma Tenor Ukulele, accompanied by bass and guitar, he re-interprets the slow waltz “Silver Bells.” He then invites you to a cool jazzy “Late Night Latke Party.” His electric Talsma Tenor Ukulele provides a magical bass rhythm, with guitar and drums, and the Fender Champion Steel Guitar sings its melancholy song.

The Gospel “Go Tell It on the Mountain” impresses with bluesy rhythm guitar and amazing ukulele playing, and he makes his solo acoustic ukulele sing on “Blue Christmas.” With a Beard Gold Tone Resonator Dobro he turns the Yiddish song “Chanukah Oh Chanukah” into a brilliant Americana melody with great finger picking on the ukulele… my favorite.

With his latest acquisition, the aNueNue Gerald Ross Signature Tenor Ukulele, he delivers “Rockin ‘Around the Christmas Tree” and once again shows what he can do with this often underrated instrument.

“Mistletoe Mazel Tov” is the fifth album by Ross – four were recorded on the ukulele and one on the guitar. I enjoyed his laid-back arrangements – he is a virtuoso.


Adolf Goriup
Folk World European Webzine
Dec 2010