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Marc Rossi Group: Mantra Revealed

Read "Mantra Revealed" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Multifaceted Boston-based keyboardist, composer Marc Rossi whets the harmonic palate with a genre-hopping brew of Indo-jazz, fusion and modern jazz. An educator at Boston's Berklee College of Music, Rossi is a staple in the region's progressive-jazz scene, spanning numerous formats and ensemble gatherings. Here, the artist plants his imaginative powers with a hip, upbeat, and tuneful array of works sans any filler tracks. Essentially, these disparate pieces teeter on that fuzzy space, where blithely memorable themes seamlessly coalesce with synchronous ...

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Marc Rossi Group: Hidden Mandala

Read "Hidden Mandala" reviewed by Jay Deshpande

Although the categories of jazz and world music frequently intersect, the results are a mixed bag. It's no small task to meld together different ethnic musics without doing them some disservice. However, pianist and composer Marc Rossi brings something new and exciting to the field. On Hidden Mandala, Rossi's songs capture the rich possibilities of classical Indian music, but still stay true to their jazz roots. This hybrid is made possible by Rossi's comfort in multiple genres. A ...

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Marc Rossi and Ben Schwendener: Living Geometry

Read "Living Geometry" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock pulled it off, yet recordings of jazz-centric piano duets are generally few and far between. And while Boston, MA based pianists Marc Rossi and Ben Schwendener may not represent household names, this effort recorded live at a concert hall in Cambridge, MA hits the mark in a variety of ways. With this release, the pianists’ improvisations were either individually planned or assembled as a unit. They also incorporate theorist/composer George Russell’s groundbreaking, Lydian Chromatic concepts ...


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