194

Mick Rossi: Songs From The Broken Land

Budd Kopman By

Sign in to view read count
Mick Rossi: Songs From The Broken Land 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 is better integrated, while maintaining the smile-creating mix of humor, surprise, gorgeous sounds and virtuosity.

The 24 tracks of the 2006 original have been pared to 22, with five new improvisations added. The organization of the project remains the same, as six prepared piano variations of "My Old Kentucky Home" form the recording's backbone.

The tracks range in length from over nine minutes ("Solfegietto," by Johnny Valentino) to under a minute ("Ghost Girl" and "Critical Mass"), and in intensity from the relentlessly pressing, twisting and turning of "Lockdown" to the floating impressionism of "Broken Land" and "Sans Jour."

Rossi's stated intention of the original session was to approach the piano with as little mental and even physical preparation as possible (except for using "Old Kentucky Home" and "Solfegietto"), and to just record the mind-body connection of the moment. What cannot be ascertained is how much, if any, planning went into the prepared piano.

Rossi's persona comes through loud and clear in the music's virtuosity, intensity and humor. What is fascinating is how each piece combines the quite audible feeling of spontaneous composition, with little that passes for normal structure and tension-release, but with an assuredness and logic that feel inevitable, despite the almost constant surprises.

As the record progresses, each track adds to the impression that a master improviser is at work, bringing his entire life's musical and personal experience to bear to produce music that is quite deep but very accessible, and which creates an identifiable musical world.


Track Listing: My Old Kentucky Home, Variation 1; Dog Smiles; Lockdown; Broken Land; My Old Kentucky Home, Variation 2; Critical Mass; Temporal Drift; Lab Rat; Ghost Girl; My Old Kentucky Home, Variation 3; Sans Jour; Wrecking Ball; Without; Sonar; Solfegietto; My Old Kentucky Home, Variation 4; Rods And Cones; One Leaning Against The Next; My Old Kentucky Home, Variation 5; Jim Dine; Go; My Old Kentucky Home, Variation 6.

Personnel: Mick Rossi: piano, prepared piano.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Orange Mountain Music


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Apprentice" CD/LP/Track Review Apprentice
by Alex Franquelli
Published: October 29, 2016
Read "Mirror, Mirror" CD/LP/Track Review Mirror, Mirror
by Glenn Astarita
Published: January 3, 2017
Read "Subtle Energy" CD/LP/Track Review Subtle Energy
by Geannine Reid
Published: October 13, 2016
Read "Les Indignés" CD/LP/Track Review Les Indignés
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 3, 2016
Read "Antenna" CD/LP/Track Review Antenna
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 22, 2016
Read "Dharma" CD/LP/Track Review Dharma
by Dave Wayne
Published: August 19, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!