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Mick Rossi

Read "Mick Rossi" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Pianist, drummer/percussionist, and composer Mick Rossi is known for his diverse, progressive work in the New York Downtown scene where he has collaborated with the likes of Steven Bernstein, Mark Dresser, Dave Douglas, Erik Friedlander, Gerry Hemingway, Ron Horton, Andy Laster, Michael Sarin and Cuong Vu. Despite the very busy and long-standing collaborations with Philip Glass and Paul Simon, he has established himself as one of the most courageous, gifted and charismatic musicians in the New York scene and beyond ...

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Mick Rossi: Songs From The Broken Land

Read "Songs From The Broken Land" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Pianist Mick Rossi is an exemplar of the cross-fertilization between jazz and classical music worlds. While closely collaborating with Philip Glass for the last ten years, he is also very active in the downtown New York City jazz scene. Songs From The Broken Land is a much reworked, official release version of a project included in a previous All About Jazz review, Mick Rossi: Spontaneous Improvisation. The pianist's efforts have created a much stronger work, one that ...

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Mick Rossi: Spontaneous Improvisation

Read "Mick Rossi: Spontaneous Improvisation" reviewed by Budd Kopman


The ideal for a jazz performer is to be able to reach that zone when performing where the music flows directly from their soul, with little or no interference from the thinking process--that which is felt is played right in that moment. Miles Davis is famous for telling his band members, accomplished players to be sure, to “practice on the bandstand," and many times set things up in the studio so that there could not be much, if any, rehearsal. ...

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Mick Rossi: One Block From Planet Earth

Read "One Block From Planet Earth" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz


Mick Rossi's music brings to mind a couple of things. On one hand, it's reminiscent of Richard Feynman's life and work. Feynman, as is the quintet in One Block From Planet Earth, was multifaceted, humorous, life-relishing, unpretentiously profound, and a superb communicator of abstract concepts. On the other, it's reminiscent of the primeval concept of “talking through percussion, albeit here in a drawn-out alternative musical context. This record has a full-bodied avant storytelling character and personality that successfully ...

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Mick Rossi/Russ Johnson: New Math

Read "New Math" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes


On New Math trumpeter Russ Johnson and pianist/flutist/percussionist Mick Rossi expand the limits of improvisation and invention. Their duets are musical poetry slams, a blueprint for performance jazz, with three-digit numbers identifying the songs on this envelope-shredding disc. “2.70” begins with a wailing trumpet salvo from Johnson that sounds like a Dixieland ululation, with Rossi’s piano trilling behind him. An elephantine burst is the opening sound of “3.30.” Johnson provides the dramatic, fragmented backdrop as Rossi articulates the landscape. On ...

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Mick Rossi: They Have A Word For Everything

Read "They Have A Word For Everything" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


With his first recording for Knitting Factory Records, pianist/composer Mick Rossi exhibits a thoroughly modern jazz spirit through strong multifarious compositions backed by a star studded ensemble who are among today's modern jazz pioneers - also synonymous with the New York City downtown scene. Rossi's impressive and multidimensional resume may seem like a musician/composer's dream. Here is a man who scores for Television, has worked with pop-stars, Jackson Browne, Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Pete Townsend and others while also shedding ...


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