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Eclipse Reviews

Review in December, 2015 issue:

New York City Jazz Record


Russ Lossing (Aqua Piazza)

by Fred Bouchard

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

Russ Lossing: Eclipse (2012 [2015], Aqua Piazza): One of the most impressive jazz pianists to have emerge since 2000. This one is solo, often quite impressive.

-Tom Hull, November, 2016

Musikalische Geschichten, die das Leben schrieb – Pianist Russ Lossing

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.   (Jurg Sommer)

Russ Lossing: Eclipse (Aqua Piazza Records / cdBaby.com)

Bewertung: 5 Sterne (in Worten: Fünf Sterne)

Dusted Magazine  Oct 9 ,2015

Russ Lossing—Eclipse CD (Aqua Piazza)

Guitarist Ben Monder's accompanying essay to Eclipse sets a pretty high bar for the music contained on the album. Superlative phrases such as “always amazed” and “absolute commitment” paint a mental picture of his colleague Russ Lossing as a pianist bordering on genius. An hour's worth of improvised performance largely bears out the intimated assertion. Lossing's rich background in classical music complements an equally immersive relationship with jazz. His adroit approach to the keyboard exudes atmosphere in a pastoral, impressionistic vein akin to the icons like Evans and Bley. Dissonance comes into play, but never at the expense of structure and thematic integrity. The eleven pieces work as discrete entities, but just as well as single, sweeping, novelistic statement filled with drama, beauty and even playfulness. Beyond the multitude of memorable musical gestures, Lossing exhibits a reflexive understanding of the central reality facing the improvising artist. The most reliable means of finding fresh avenues of meaning is by fully embracing the singularity of the self.

– Derek Taylor

David Adler Top 10, Nov. 2015

\Top Ten: November 2015

Russ Lossing, Eclipse (Aqua Piazza)

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