World of Jazz 327

  1. Russ Lossing – Jack of Clubs – Motian Music (Sunnyside) 00:00
  2. Paul Motian Quintet – Hide and Go Seek – Jack of Clubs (Soul Note) 07:16
  3. Gordon Grdina – Apocalympics – Inroads (Songlines) 12:41
  4. Joe Lovano – Alone Together – Joyous Encounter (Blue Note) 22:40
  5. Russ Lossing – Dance – Motian Music (Sunnyside) 28:20
  6. Adam Kolker – Dolphin Dance – Sultanic Verses (Satchmo Jazz) 33:59
  7. Michael Attias – Fenix Culprit – Renku in Coimbra (Clean Feed) 39:53
  8. Adam Kolker – Last Night When We Were Young – Flag Day (Sunnyside) 43:51
  9. Russ Lossing Trio – Love and Beauty – Oracle (Hatology) 50:07
  10. Kirk Knuffke – Iago’s Credo – Witness (SteepleChase) 58:25
  11. Adam Kolker and Russ Lossing – Whispers – Whispers and Secrets (Fresh Sounds Records) 1:04:47
  12. Paul Motian – Drum Music – Jack of Clubs (Soul Note) 1:12:37
  13. Russ Lossing, Michael Formanek, Gerald Cleaver – Reminiscence – Changes (SteepleChase) 1:19:21
  14. Adam Kolker – Cycles – Beckon (Sunnyside) 1:30:54
  15. Gordon Grdina – Albert The Monk – Think Like The Waves (Songlines) 1:39:13
  16. Russ Lossing – Psalm – Motian Music (Sunnyside) 1:43:54
  17. Bobo Stenson – Jack of Clubs – Goodbye (ECM) 1:51:07
  18. Paul Motian Quintet – Jack of Clubs – Jack of Clubs (Soul Note) 1:53:53

This week music from Russ Lossing, Adam Kolker, and a focus on Paul Motian’s  Jack of Clubs album.  Some fellow travellers also appear in between…..

Russ Lossing – Jack of Clubs – Motian Music

Russ Lossing piano
Masa Kamaguchi bass
Billy Mintz drums

2019 Sunnyside SSC1532

… “Russ Lossing’s piano is very much the sound of a singular voice sculpted through his background of improvisational jazz and classical music. Bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Billy Mintz had recorded with Lossing for over a decade before this release, as early as 2007’s Oracle (HatOLOGY). The effect this experience has had is that the trio is cohesive, never thrown off by their leader’s unpredictable nature. Having played since age seven, he offers a clearly and confidently defined approach to his chosen instrument. One of a line of records inspired by Paul Motian but certainly not the last, Motian Music is a fitting and worthy tribute to one of jazz’s most important and celebrated drummers. ” –PETER HOETJES , AAJ Feb 2019

Paul Motian Quintet – Hide and Go Seek – Jack of Clubs

the second album by Paul Motian to be released on the Italian Soul Note label in 1985

Paul Motian – drums
Bill Frisell – electric guitar
Joe Lovano – tenor saxophone
Jim Pepper – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Ed Schuller – bass

Gordon Grdina – Apocalympics – Inroads

Gordon Grdina guitar, oud
Oscar Noriega alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Russ Lossing piano, Rhodes
Satoshi Takeishi drums

2017 Songlines SGL 1624-2

Grdina’s debut recording, Think Like the Waves, (playing later) was a trio with his mentor Gary Peacock and Paul Motian, and there is something of that group’s deep improvised jazz roots at work here, along with the compositional, classical music bent of his East Van Strings project (The Breathing of Statues). It’s also a reaction to his rock playing in recent years in Dan Mangan’s band and his own instrumental duo Peregrine Falls. Says Grdina, “I felt a strong inner urge to write music that was more unexpected, that didn’t repeat itself so much and was more challenging than what I had been playing. Forms can sometimes feel like you’re being strangled and talked down to. I wanted the music to continually move, feeling free but clearly directed.

Joe Lovano – Alone Together – Joyous Encounter

Joe Lovano – tenor & curved soprano saxophones
Hank Jones – piano
George Mraz – bass
Paul Motian – drums & cymbals

Recorded September 8-9, 2004 at Avatar Studios, NYC.

Blue Note 2004

Russ Lossing – Dance – Motian Music

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Adam Kolker – Dolphin Dance – Sultanic Verses

Recorded at Tedesco Studios, Paramus New Jersey. June, 14 2001

Adam Kolker tenor, soprano saxophone
Bruce Barth piano
John Hébert bass
Billy Hart drums
Ray Barretto percussion

2003 Satchmo Jazz SJR CD00034
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Michael Attias – Fenix Culprit – Renku in Coimbra

Recorded June 7, 2008 at Salão Brazil, Coimbra, Portugal

Michaël Attias alto saxophone
John Hébert double bass
Satoshi Takeishi drums, percussion
Russ Lossing piano (4)

2009 Clean Feed CF162

The three-night residency of the Michaël Attias Quintet in the 2008 edition of the Coimbra’s Jazz ao Centro festival was documented on a live album, Twines of Colesion, to be released in early 2010; and now we have this one, recorded in one afternoon at the same Club in Coimbra where the concerts took place, this time behind closed doors. The session featured the core trio without Tony Malaby’s saxophones and Russ Lossing’s piano (not quite: Lossing is present on one track of “Renku in Coimbra”). A “wondrous parenthesis in time”, says Attias about the opportunity, and that’s quite true: this is beautiful music with a strong improvisatory feeling and lots of space for each musician to show their respective and special skills, either individually or in collective interaction. And “collective” is the key word to describe what is in this record: hearing the music you’ll understand why Attias chose the name for what has been since 2003 his primary working band – a renku is collaborative form of traditional Japanese poetry, in which the participating poets build a long poem out of each other’s words. Over the last six years, this trio has achieved a group sound that draws from a wealth of experience of working together in numerous projects, as well as under the leadership of such mucians as Paul Motian, Andrew Hill, and Anthony Braxton. On this, their second album, Renku plays the music of Lee Konitz, Jimmy Lyons, Hébert and Attias.

Adam Kolker – Last Night When We Were Young – Flag Day

Recorded June 14, 2007

Adam Kolker tenor, soprano sax; bass clarinet
John Abercrombie guitar
John Hébert bass
Paul Motian drums

2008 Sunnyside SSC1184

Russ Lossing Trio – Love and Beauty – Oracle

Recorded May 25, 2007 at Charleston Road Studio

Russ Lossing piano
Masa Kamaguchi bass
Billy Mintz drums

2011 hatOLOGY 681

“Russ Lossing continues to collaborate and create at a voracious pace… Though this disc marks a recording debut, this particular trio has been active for the past six years, operating out of the musical hotbed that exists around a handful of cross-pollinating venues in Brooklyn, New York. As Lossing describes it: “That’s where we developed our particular language as an ensemble in terms of the interdependence, functionality, and expressiveness of each individual within the whole. Each sacrifices something for the sound of the trio and in so doing nothing is lost from the one”… Testament to the trio’s shared fortitude, spontaneity also supplanted premeditation in the studio. Lossing pulled selections from a stack of pieces they had been working up and allowed the compass of collective experience to take over. The date was recorded without isolation or headphones in an intimate studio space. No second takes were necessary.”-Derek Taylor, from the liner notes
Kirk Knuffke – Iago’s Credo – Witness

Kirk Knuffke cornet
Steven Herring baritone voice
Ben Goldberg contra alto clarinet, clarinet
Russ Lossing piano

2018 SteepleChase SCCD 31859
Adam Kolker and Russ Lossing – Whispers – Whispers and Secrets

Recorded on May 26, 2014 at Charlestown Road Studio, Warren, New Jersey

Adam Kolker tenor, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet
Russ Lossing piano
Masa Kamaguchi bass
Billy Mintz drums

2018 Fresh Sound Records FSRCD 5102
Paul Motian – Drum Music – Jack of Clubs
Russ Lossing, Michael Formanek, Gerald Cleaver – Reminiscence – Changes

Recorded May 2018

Russ Lossing piano
Michael Formanek bass
Gerald Cleaver drums

2019 SteepleChase SCCD 31863
Adam Kolker – Cycles – Beckon

Recorded February 2-3, 2016 at Trading 8s Recording Studios, Paramus NJ

Adam Kolker tenor saxophone, flute and clarinets (7)
Steve Cardenas guitar
Billy Mintz drums
Larence Feldman flutes
David Gould clarinet, bass clarinet
Jackie Henderson basson

2017 Sunnyside SSC1486
Gordon Grdina – Albert The Monk – Think Like The Waves

Gordon Grdina guitar, oud
Gary Peacock bass
Paul Motian drums

2006 Songlines SGLSA 1559-2

Russ Lossing – Psalm – Motian Music
Bobo Stenson – Jack of Clubs – Goodbye

Recorded Apr 2004

Bobo Stenson piano
Anders Jormin bass
Paul Motian drums

2005 ECM Records 1904

Paul Motian Quintet – Jack of Clubs – Jack of Clubs

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