Russ Lossing: Vaporetto




Russ Lossing (piano)


Dreamer (Double Time 174)

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Russ Lossing (piano), Paul Motian (drums),

Ed Schuller (bass)


Composed by Russ Lossing


Recorded: New York, April 19, 2000


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

The interaction between Russ Lossing (New York pianist, composer and music theorist) and legendary drummer Paul Motian is an absorbing case study in two intellectual musicians with very different musical styles. Lossing approaches his piano solos by developing a single motive into a chorus-long tangling and untangling session ( la Rollins). While this style can often fall predictably short, Lossing's refined talents lead to some staggering improvised discoveries. Motian's drum theory, on the other hand, often aims to free itself from consistent motives and common phrases to the invigorating delight of some and the "just-swing-already!" frustration of others. The combination of sophisticated motivic development from the pianist and playful unpredictability from the drummer leads to a clashing of improvisational styles. Lucky for us, it works.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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  • 1 JP // Jun 30, 2008 at 04:32 AM
    very good album hes my cusin (: