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by Russ Lossing

A wholly improvised set of solo piano music by the New York City based master jazz pianist, improviser and composer.
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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1. Eclipse (Live)
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2. Moving Shadow (Live)
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3. Distant Earth (Live)
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4. Upper and Lower Unite (Live)
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5. If Ever (Live)
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6. As Is (Live)
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7. Open Flame (Live)
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8. If So (Live)
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9. Blood Vanishes (Live)
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10. Not So (Live)
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11. Water Over Fire (Live)
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Album Notes
Excerpt from the liner notes by Ben Monder:
I have known Russ Lossing for close to 25 years now, and it has been inspiring to watch the trajectory of his growth as an artist. We played together for some years in the great saxophonist/composer John O'Gallagher's band. John writes some of the most challenging music to improvise on that I have encountered, and I was always amazed at how Russ would master these intricacies almost immediately, and begin to play on John's forms with as much freedom and conviction as if he had written them himself.

Russ’ improvisational prowess and singular voice come to full fruition on this release. It is an hour long snapshot, but one which effectively represents a distillation of his life's work up to this point. One hears references to a number of sources: foremost perhaps is a deep immersion in the language of 20th/21st century classical music, but a lifetime of playing jazz, the music of Paul Motian, and the blues are all at times invoked as well. However, these sources are thoroughly assimilated into a palette that is utterly personal.
It is fascinating to share this trip through the synapses of a fearless, nimble, and unfettered mind.

- Ben Monder
New York City, April 2015



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New York City Jazz Record, Freb Bouchard

Eclipse review in New York City Jazz Record Dec 2015
When I read that this solo piano album was performed as a consecutive series of short improvisations, I tried to experience it as such—put the album on, stretched
out and listened intently, unarmed with pen and pad. Impressions flew in, but I suppressed a habitual desire to jot and scribble, instead listening and reflecting,
trying to identify Lossing’s favored textures, effects and results. Next time through, I ventured a few comments and aural analogies: “Paul Bley. Not for
driving! Horace Tapscott. Angry gnomes. Elliott Carter. Taut abstractions. Dark humors.” On the third pass, I tried track-by-track: “Chattering intensity; single-note
runs with overlapping hands; slow-creeping chromaticism; spidery, atonal motifs; pointillist moments; occasional bluesy thirds. Clouds of Bill
Evans (or Federico Mompou) post-Impressionism.” That was all from the opening “Eclipse”! “Moving Shadow”: slow single notes and triads yield (not build)
to graceful arabesques; an oblique reference to Debussy’s “Golliwog’s Cakewalk”. “Distant Earth”: febrile dipsy-doodles meet raggy galumphing—with
momentum! “Upper and Lower Unite”: leaves slowly, silently turn yellow. “If Ever”: low, damped gallopings alternate with reverberating plucked strings. Macabre!
There’s lots going on during Lossing’s hour alone with his piano and his thoughts (aptly dubbed ‘mercurial’ by guitarist Ben Monder) have more galaxy-
wandering freedom than in his duos with bassist John Hébert, but lightning turnarounds, too. By the time he winds down this intense, introverted, demanding
excursion Lossing goes hushed, cosmic: “Not So”—a pulsating nebula—is followed by “Water Over Fire”’starburst and asteroid shower. Fade to black

Juerg Sommer

Musikalische Geschichten, die das Leben schrieb (Swiss newspaper review: Schweiz
Keine einfache musikalische Kost, die uns der 55-jährige Pianist Russ Lossing auf seiner Solo-CD offeriert (….oder gar zumutet?). Arnold Schönbergs treffendes Diktum stellt sich jedenfalls ein: „Wenn es Kunst ist, ist es nicht für alle, und wenn es für alle ist, ist es keine Kunst.“ Stilistisch verortet im faszinierenden Spannungsfeld zwischen Freebop, einem spontanen „stream of conciousness“- Ansatz und zeitgenössischer euro-amerikanischer Konzertmusik der Piano-Avantgarde, erzählt Lossing elf musikalische Geschichten, spontan aus dem Moment heraus improvisiert, und befrachtet mit allerlei überraschendem Geschiebe.