Russ Lossing | Phrase 6

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Phrase 6

by Russ Lossing

One of the great piano trio albums of all time. Modern, original 21st Century jazz. Intense, emotional and intellectual music.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Virgil
8:16 $1.29
2. Down By the Glenside
5:45 $1.29
3. Koan
6:42 $1.29
4. Phrase 6
7:47 $1.29
5. Spider's Web
5:15 $1.29
6. Silent Knowledge
8:44 $1.29
7. ZeroUno
8:45 $1.29
8. Canto
11:38 $1.29
9. Dexterity
4:14 $1.29
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Album Notes
“…The pianist illuminates the silence, suspends the time, and intensifies the collective flux. The wealth of his harmonic knowledge, the fluidity of his phrasing and his attention to the weight of every single note creates a sound palette for endless pleasures.”

“strikingly lyrical”
- jazztimes

“ intrepid searcher with an end point in mind.”
- New York Times

“For an agent provocateur, pianist Russ Lossing has never hidden his interest in the pretty side of a tune.
- Downbeat Magazine

“Lossing has it all.”
- All About Jazz

“Pianist Lossing is a joy. Exploration of the themes is what the listener feels, emotionally and intellectually,”
- Cadence Magazine

“Lossing is a thinking man’s pianist. He intelligently creates and refashions themes within a variety of frameworks. He’s a multifaceted artisan.”
- jazz

“Russ Lossing is a pianist of extreme depth and intensity.” - All About Jazz

“ a gripping improviser, pulling ideas out of the air and nudging them into the action at hand as if they always belonged there” - Village Voice

Bold yet sensitive...
- Time Out New York

“Add Russ Lossing to the current list of jazz piano luminaries”
- All About Jazz, NY

“ Lossing’s musicianship at the keyboard is masterly”
- Cork Examiner

A masterful utilizer of musical space...
- Hot House

Eighty-Eights from the May 2005 issue

Phrase 6 (Fresh Sound New Talent)

Russ Lossing is a pianist who always has structural issues on his mind, even when he engages in freeform improvisation. Working alongside an exceptionally aligned trio on Phrase 6 (Fresh Sound New Talent) comprised of bassist John Hebert and drummer Jeff Williams, Lossing directs performances that balance spontaneity with consciously formal playing. (Not so surprising coming from a pianist who reimagined the work of Bela Bartok on the Change of Time album.) The result though is refreshingly unstilted and, at times-hear the Irish ballad "Down By the Glenside'"-strikingly lyrical. Lossing can give you a lot to chew on, as in "Canto 1," an open-ended improvisation that stretches over 11 minutes, but his own thoughtful playing, as well as the supple interplay of Hebert and Williams, consistently maintains interest. And the closer, a down-tempo take on Charlie Parker's bop head "Dexterity," effectively displays Lossing's smarts and sense of humor.

-Steve Futterman

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