Haunting, meditative, solemn and high-impact are descriptors that bear pianist Russ Lossing's approach and sensibilities. While Oracle denotes his trio's debut effort for hatOLOGY records, it's been a working unit for several years, largely based in New York City. The program is architected via disparate levels of pitch amid a capacious vibe, but the trio often picks up steam and executes through a vast plane of propositions, where gravitational pull and heavy-artillery counterattacks balance the flowing contours.
Drummer Billy Mintz tenders the hauntingly melodic "Love and Beauty." With Lossing's interweaving voicings amid a pensive tone, the primary theme sparks elicit imagery of love lost and hope. Bassist Masa Kamaguchi's poignant notes add to the impressions of lament while the pianist's swirling arpeggios and animated choruses intimate a heated reconciliatory event. It's a thoughtful and irrefutably persuasive musical statement, where the trio poses a stunning array of tightly aligned contrasts, signifying a major highlight of the album, teeming with divergent perspectives and superior musicianship.
Personnel: Russ Lossing: piano; Masa Kamaguchi: bass; Billy Mintz: drums.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.