No matter who pianist Russ Lossing chooses for his various trio projects, they always work! His new Mood Suite, with Mark Helias on bass and Eric McPherson on drums is excellent. Although Lossing has played with Helias and McPherson over the past two decades, they've never played as a trio before. Musical osmosis must work, because they held no rehearsals. Look for this terrific recording; you'll find it on Steeplechase. Another feature recording on this show is A Rite for All Souls, recorded in 1971 by the Mark Harvey, but not "released" from a basement somewhere until now. Its message of peace and healing resonates today as loudly as it did back in the day. Also reaching into the past are guitarist Rez Abbasi's look at the compositions of Django Reinhardt on Django-Shift, and Thumbscrew who tackled Anthony Braxton's archives for music for their latest. You'll hear past and present from Wadada Leo Smith with music from the electric Miles-inspired Yo Miles contrasting with a performance with Deerhoof. Last highlight: some strong improvisation from the French trio of Christophe Monniot (sax), BrunoChevillon (bass) and Franck Vaillant (drums).
Christophe Monniot, Bruno Chevillon, Frank Vaillant "Freeman/Lonely Woman" from Freestyles (Le Triton) 00:00
Host speaks 11:58
Christophe Monniot, Bruno Chevillon , Frank Vaillant "Free Funky" from Freestyles (Le Triton) 13:29
Black Motor "Aamun Kynnkselle" from Yosta Aamun Kynnykselle (Lumpeela) 2:45:20
Host speaks 2:52:10
Ambrose Akinmusire "Yesss" from From on the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment (Blue Note) 2:53:04
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