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Lossing, Russ / Maneri, Mat / Dresser, Mark
Metal Rat

Lossing, Russ / Maneri, Mat / Dresser, Mark: Metal Rat (Clean Feed)
Label: Clean Feed    
Released in: Portugal    

"Paul Bley has an heir at last, and his name is Russ Lossing. With strong classical training and the natural talent to improvise, this pianist is, like Bley, walking a hard road to achieve his purposes. As far as free jazz is concerned, he doesn't play what you would normally expect from what some also call "fire music". Lossing clearly preferes nuance to power, even if he does have the drive. In "Metal Rat" we find two first line string players at his side (small wonder, considering Lossing's other partnerships: Dave Liebman, Paul Motian, Bob Moses, Bobby Previte...the list goes on), violinist / violist Mat Maneri and bassist Mark Dresser, and it all makes sense. Maneri's adaptation of the serialism is well known, and the way Dresser uses his bow makes clear the kind of background he has. This isn't "chamber jazz" or "third stream", but jazz with an extra dimension, well supported in the modern and contemporary piano tradition as much as in jazz piano history. The pace of the music is quite surprising, especially since it was recorded with a sense of urgency, taking less than four hours in the studio. It includes two compositions and four improvisations, and on the title track Lossing manipulates the inside of his instrument with his fingers and several objects, the sustain pedal always down. You can't get more physical than that."-Clean Feed

"Mat Maneri was born in 1969, and started studying violin at age five. He studied privately with Julliard String Quartet founder Robert Koff, and with bass virutuoso Miroslav Vitous. Mat received a full scholarship as the principal violinist at Walnut Hill High School, but left school to pursue a professional career in music. By 1990, Mat founded the critically acclaimed Joe Maneri Quartet with Randy Peterson. Mat started releasing records as a leader in 1996, and has developed four working ensembles. Pianists Paul Bley, Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, and Borah Bergman have called upon Matt to perform with them in such venues as the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Library of Congress, and concert stages across Europe. Mat also enjoys a strong relationship with bassists Ed Schuller, Mark Dresser, William Parker, Michael Formanek, Barre Phillips, and John Lockwood. Never to be boxed in, Mat has also worked with Joe Morris, John Medeski, Tim Berne, Cecil McBee, T.K. Ramakrishnan, Franz Kogelman, Roy Campbell, Spring Heel Jack, Draze Hoops, and appears on an Illy B Eats remix CD. Mat presently teaches privately and through the New School / NYC, and performs and records worldwide."

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Mark Dresser is a Grammy nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collaborator. At the core of his music is an artistic obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic, musical, and expressive possibilities of the contrabass. He has recorded over one hundred thirty CDs including three solo CDs and a DVD. From 1985 to 1994, he was a member of Anthony Braxton's Quartet, which recorded nine CDs and was the subject of Graham Locke's book Forces in Motion (Da Capo). He has also performed and recorded music of Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, Dave Douglas, Osvaldo Golijov, Gerry Hemingway, Bob Ostertag, Joe Lovano, Roger Reynolds, Henry Threadgill, Dawn Upshaw, John Zorn. Dresser most recent and internationally acclaimed new music for jazz quintet, Nourishments (2013) his latest CD (Clean Feed) marks his re-immersion as a bandleader. Since 2007 he has been deeply involved in telematic music performance and education. He was awarded a 2015 Shifting Foundation Award and 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award. He is Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego.

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Product Information:

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 064
Squidco Product Code: 7276

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock foldover

Russ Lossing-piano

Mat Maneri-viola

Mark Dresser-double bass

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Track Listing:

1. Coming to Meet (Lossing/Maneri/Dresser)

2. Turn (Lossing)

3. Ch'ien (Lossing/Maneri/Dresser)

4. Damp(ness) (Maneri/Dresser)

5. Is Thick With (Lossing)

6. Dry(ist) (Lossing/Maneri)

7. Metal Rat (Lossing/Maneri/Dresser)

9. Hidden Lines (Lossing/Dresser)

10. Fire Monkey (Lossing/Maneri/Dresser)

11. Their Blood is Black and Yellow (Lossing/Maneri)