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Jordi Rossy Trio : Wicca

Jorge Rossy is a world-class drummer who was a member of one of the most important piano trios of the last decade, Brad Mehldau’s. Rossy has a new name (Jordi) and a new instrument (piano), on which Wicca is his recording debut.

Rossy’s trio here has the highly unusual configuration of piano, organ (Albert Sanz), and drums (R. J. Miller). The music is even more unexpected than the instrumentation. Wicca is mostly simple and slow and deliberate, yet it is oddly seductive. The grooves (with Miller stirring and teasing, mostly on brushes, perversely preserving the tension) become insidious, with a strong magnetic pull. On the evidence of this album, Rossy’s technical facility is finite, but he works effectively within his limitations, placing pristine melodic figures side by side that are cumulatively incantatory.

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