Russ Lossing

Russ Lossing

Musicians | Instrument: Piano

An intrepid searcher with an end point in mind.
—New York Times

Updated: May 9, 2022

Born: February 18, 1960

A“master of the moment”, pianist, composer and improviser Russ Lossing electrifies audiences worldwide. A deeply intellectual and emotional improviser, he casts a spell over the room and gives audiences an unforgettable musical experience. Equally at home playing “time and changes' as well as freely improvised music, Lossing's imagination knows no bounds; drawing from a seemingly bottomless well of ideas and expression. All About Jazz hails him as:"…an iconoclast in the best sense of the word, a true innovator."

Pianist, composer and improviser Russ Lossing, based in New York City for over 35 years, is at the forefront of creative jazz performing and recording with Paul Motian, Mark Helias, Billy Hart, Dave Liebman, Samuel Blaser, Michael Formanek, Eric McPherson, Tim Berne, Billy Mintz, Cameron Brown, Gerry Hemingway, Ralph Alessi, Mat Maneri, Drew Gress, Oliver Lake, Kirk Knuffke, Gerald Cleaver, Gordon Grdina and many others. Lossing played with master drummer Paul Motian over a period of 12 years performing and recording including a week-long stint at the Village Vanguard as a member of Motian's Quintet. He has toured world-wide playing major jazz clubs and festivals both as leader and side-man.

As a young man, he studied with a wide range of musicians from composers John Cage and Henry Brant to classical pianist Earl Wild and jazz organist Hank Marr.

Russ Lossing has 21 albums as leader on European and American record labels hatOLOGY, Ezz-Thetics, Sunnyside, Cleanfeed, Fresh Sound, Double Time, Steeplechase and OmniTone labels. and has composed over 500 pieces of music. In 2015, he founded the record label Aqua Piazza Records. Lossing was named “Rising Star” in the Down Beat Magazine Critics Poll from 2015-2021.

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ICON Magazine says, "Stylistically, Lossing is, simply, a 'space man' – like Thelonious Monk and Paul Bley, letting the spaces between notes do the talking."[ All About Jazz Says; "Listening to jazz music, we often hear the influence of the masters filtered through the hearts and minds of new artists. [...] However, listening to Russ Lossing, we mainly hear Russ Lossing. It's not that the influences and the tradition are not present. On the contrary, it's all here and then some – from Scriabin to Bill Evans, Bartok to Paul Bley – but Lossing isn't a newcomer. [...] His phrases are formed with tone and touch the way a vocalist shapes words with breath and nuance to articulate the message, and he has developed an expansive vocabulary to spark and kindle his explorations."[ “strikingly lyrical” - jazztimes “Add Russ Lossing to the current list of jazz piano luminaries”- All About Jazz
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Promise of Return

From: Rose Of Lifta
By Russ Lossing

Heart Knows

From: Heart Knows
By Russ Lossing

Three Treasures (Russ Lossing)

From: Heart Knows
By Russ Lossing

Lateef Suite

From: Heart Knows
By Russ Lossing

Newfoundsong

From: Heart Knows
By Russ Lossing

Russ Lossing Albums