Russ Lossing – Folks (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 53:26 minutes | 602 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sunnyside
When considering the world of folkloric music, it is astounding to think that sound ideas from places remote and isolated regularly find similar solutions and approaches to one another. Pianist/composer Russ Lossing has been interested in the expressive power of simplicity in folk music from throughout the world. Lossing brought together his trio of bassist John Hébert and drummer Michael Sarin to record an album inspired by his study on Folks.Lossing’s focus on creating music that is accessible and open to wider development through improvisation led him to study folkloric music. His findings led him to focus more and more on the development of strong melodies and the use of call and response. For his own approach on the piano, Lossing would generate a melodic motif and then expand it into a longer related pattern, mimicking the call and response actions heard in music of various cultures throughout the world. Lossing uses the idea of folk melodies without quoting any directly, generating an instinct in creating this music and establishing an esthetic.
Performing this music with an ensemble of sympathetic and curious musicians gives the material added dimensions. Lossing recruited his regular trio mates of Hébert and Sarin to be his foils. Lossing began playing regularly with Sarin with upon his arrival in New York City in 1991 and Hébert would be a regular collaborator once he arrived on the scene a few years later. As a trio, they have been playing for nearly three decades and have an incredible musical bond.
1-1. Russ Lossing – Heaven Above (07:18)
1-2. Russ Lossing – Village Folk (05:11)
1-3. Russ Lossing – Grey (06:01)
1-4. Russ Lossing – Country Folk (11:21)
1-5. Russ Lossing – Call Now (07:37)
1-6. Russ Lossing – Mountain Folk (06:51)
1-7. Russ Lossing – Lightning Bug (03:53)
1-8. Russ Lossing – Village Folk, II (05:11)