"Ross Hammond is no doubt the best unknown electric guitarist I've heard in many years and this disc is proof of his ambitious abilities. "
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
"Ross Hammond is the image of the intense artist - but when he puts a pick to his guitar strings, the image rises to full-fledged life. Hammond’s latest disc sheds some light on the inspiration and complexity behind his pensive approach...."
-New York City Jazz Record
"West Coast fans of the guitar's outer limits may be feeling a bit lost with L.A.'s Nels Cline moving to New York City, but this Sacramento-based guitarist is fully capable of easing some of those withdrawls..."
-Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times (9/2012)
"Hammond's voice on guitar is a new and welcome one to me...The group works with big swatches of sound that showcase a cohesive sound and interactive playing. 'Adored' feels honest and authentic, and it's is a pleasure to listen to."
-Paul Acquaro, freejazz-stef
"Consider the album to be much like Hammond’s day-to-day with Lola; awake at 6 a.m. and full of energy, a settling in period, a mid-day walk with small fits of exuberance and crankiness, a lullaby for a nap or the night’s tuck-in. It is all lovingly expressed in the sea changes of Adored."
-Blake Gillespie, Submerge Magazine
"He's a unique and inspired guitarist - loose but in so much control, steeped in jazz and improv, with a deep beauty and comforting melancholy through much of his playing. Hammond's style inspires those who play with him, something wonderfully apparent on his new CD."
-Troy Mighty, Midtown Monthly
"The music is layered with sweetness, without being simple or saccharine. Improvisation on songs like the title track, when every musician charges ahead full-speed, feels like a crowded party with fascinating guests vying for attention..."
-Becca Costello, Sacramento News and Review
"The material covered on the album has a nice dynamic range, featuring the songs “Sesquipedalian” and “Maribel's Code” which are slow burning improvisations that drive to excellent climactic finishes. This was a well done combination of composition and improvisation that is unique in the way that the music interprets and reflects the spontaneous music, while enhancing its meaning. Fans of forward leaning music should definitely check this out it, is a daring and successful undertaking."
-Tim Niland, jazzandblues blog (review of Adored)