The Buck Stops Here

The Buck Stops Here

Paul Van Ross

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Paul Van Ross (saxophone)
Mark Lockett (drums)
Kim Kelaart (Hammond B3 organ)
Hugh Stuckey (guitar)
Craig Fermanis (guitar, track 1)


The Buck Stops Here encapsulates the unique energy of a live performance, something that is hard to capture in the studio, all the more so it seems when the band is playing original compositions. By recording this album live, Paul Van Ross sought to transport listeners to that night at the Paris Cat Jazz Club in Melbourne, to experience the atmosphere of the club, the energy and skill of the musicians, the buzz of the event, and most importantly.... the music.

"The compositions on this album were largely inspired by an array of life experiences and influences, from family, friends and musicians, to the many musical genres that continue to inform my playing and writing. These have combined to create a marvellous musical melting pot that is evident in the music on this album, music that should appeal to jazz aficionados and those who enjoy the energetic buzz of live music. I hope you enjoy The Buck Stops Here." - Paul Van Ross 2012


IA-1004 (December, 2012)

Recording: Kare Berg
Production: Paul Van Ross
Mastering: Steve Garden
Design: UnkleFranc
Photography: Laki Sideris, Paul van Ross

 The Buck Stops Here (8:20)
   T'was written on a plaque on my uncle's desk

 Swami in Da House (10:47)
   For my unique friend Michael, whom I called 'The Swami' due to his daily two-hour yoga ritual

 Blue Rendezvous With Three Turks (11:38) 
   Dedicated to three beautiful friends I met whilst studying Aikido in Japan, the title of this piece is a play on the words of Dave Brubeck's 'Blue Rondo a la Turk'

 Someone Somewhere Sometime (8:19)
    A phrase that was coined by my buddy Mark that describes how vague I can be in responding to questions 

 Uncle DJ (10:08)
    For my Uncle David, whom I wish could have heard this

  Hacienda de la Salsa (9:16)
    A Cha Cha Cha titled “The House of Salsa” (ha ha) dedicated to the beautiful Christina Monneron and the unforgettable family that was the Cuban Dance Academy

  The Goat Herder (8:58)
    Dedicated to Mark, who lives in a city townhouse and phoned one day to say “Hey, I forgot to tell you bro.....I own a goat”

  Off with the Fairies (10:00)
    A composition based on the chord progression to the great Sam Rivers piece ‘Beatrice’. For a friend who is fascinated with fairies

All compositions by Paul Van Ross © 2012
Track 4 arranged by Paul Van Ross and Kim Kelaart



Paul Van Ross
A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Paul currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. A talented woodwind specialist, he has been performing and teaching for over 20 years on saxophone, flute and clarinet. He studied in New York with some of the world's leading teachers and musicians, including George Garzone, George Coleman, Barry Harris, Dave Valentin, Andrew Sterman, Rob Schepps, Lawrence Feldman, Keith Underwood and Helen Campo. In Australia, he was fortunate to study with Fred Hosking, Tony Hicks, Mark Franklin, Ann Cecil, Ian Chaplin and Jamie Oehlers. In recent years Paul pursued flute studies in Cuba, and has toured and performed extensively in many parts the world.

Kim Kelaart
Kim has played piano since the age of three. As a teenager he took up electric bass and started gigging around Geelong (Victoria, Australia) and the surrounding areas, but after spending many years touring and recording (for artists such as Kate Ceberano, Human Nature, The John Dallimore band, Mr. Freedom X, Jet Girl and Cosmic Love Bus), he gravitated to the Hammond organ. He has arranged music for film and theatre (including the popular Australian TV series "Saddle Club" and for Katie Underwood), and is a much sought after session musician (recently recording with legendary saxophonist, Dave Liebman).

Hugh Stuckey
Born and raised near the small town of Rendelsham in southeastern South Australia, Hugh began playing guitar at age five. He spent his formative years at Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium, where he won a James Morrison Scholarship as well as taking out the Conservatorium’s award for most outstanding undergraduate. This led him to travel to New York in early 2006 to study with John Abercrombie and Ben Monder. In 2007, Hugh was awarded third place in the National Jazz Awards competition for jazz instrumentalists. Since relocating to Melbourne in 2008 and completing a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts, Hugh has been part of Melbourne’s busy music scene. He leads his own group, the Hugh Stuckey Trio, as well as performing and recording with some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians.

Mark Lockett
Born in Wellington, Mark currently resides in Melbourne, Australia. He graduated from Massey University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz performance, and has studied with international performers and educators such as Joe Morello, Ari Hoenig, John Riley, Jim Black, Henry Cole, Graham Morgan, Andrew Gander and Roger Sellers. A talented drummer who leads two bands (Mark Lockett Trio, and Mark Lockett and Friends), Mark has regular guest artists performing with him, including Michelle Nicole, Emma Gilmartin, Alison Wedding, Geoff Hughes, Tim Stevens, Mark Fitzgibbon and Jamie Oehlers (winner of the 2003 Montreux Jazz festival saxophone competition). He has released several of his own albums including SNEAKING OUT AFTER MIDNIGHT with New York heavyweights Joel Frahm and Orlando Le Fleming (released on Rattle Jazz).

Craig Fermanis
Craig has played guitar for 30 years, professionally for 20. He studied with Doug de Vries in Australia, and with Jim Hall and John Abercrombie in New York, and has performed with James Morrison, Barney McAll, Wycliffe Gordon, Jamie Oehlers, Paul Williamson's Hammond Combo, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Allan Browne, Mark Fitzgibbon, Michelle Nicolle, and countless others. He leads his own trio, whose debut "CD Machines" was rated the third best Australian jazz release of 2002 by He was a finalist in the 1989 James Morrison Jazz Scholarship, and made the top ten in the 2000 Wangaratta Jazz Guitar Competition. He has toured Europe 11 times, and played on over 50 CD recordings.



Review by Simon Sweetman, Off the Tracks

Australian tenor and soprano sax player Paul Van Ross is joined [on his Rattle/IA debut] by Kim Kelaart (Hammond B-3), Hugh Stuckey (guitar), Craig Fermanis (guitar) and Mark Lockett (drums) for a program of Van Ross originals, eight songs, all stretching above eight minutes – stretching the CD to capacity. But it’s a warm, rich jazz outing, never boring, often triumphant.

I know very little about Van Ross, in fact all I know is this album. But I like him. Based on this. It gives off a great feel/feeling – organic jazz that feels like a live club date, carrying the mood of sizzling small combo jazz; something that’s hard to pull off in the studio. Paul Van Ross and his colleagues nail it.

There are traces of funked-up jazz and softer ballads. It’s all lovely. All as you’d hope for.



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