Russ Lossing / Mat Maneri / Mark Dresser: Metal Rat (2007)
Metal Rat is a prime example of what other musicians, both more- and less-talented, often lose sight ofsuccinctness. Each track works because duration becomes another deliberate element in the tight little landscape of each song, not an arbitrary manifestation of the more mundane forces of convenience or ego. "Damp(ness) is less than two minutes long, but it is sophisticated and intense, with unexpected bursts of noise that melt into smooth waves of elasticity. When Metal Rat deviates from said structure, it loses focus. "Ch'ien, for example, is fourteen minutes long. What is charming at six minutes is tedious at ten and at fourteen is quite unnecessary.
The compositions are well carried out and the improvisational element is thoughtful and passionate. Each track is an experience, brief but meaningful and compose a ten-track record that is small but, somewhat paradoxically, larger than life.
Track Listing: Coming To Meet; Ch'ien; Turn; Damp(ness); Is Thick With; Dry(ist); Metal Rat; Hidden Lines; Fire Monkey; Their Blood is Black and Yellow.
Personnel: Russ Lossing: piano; Mat Maneri: viola; Mark Dresser: bass.
Record Label: Clean Feed Records
Style: Modern Jazz