Mick Rossi: ONE BLOCK FROM PLANET EARTH Mick Rossi: One Block from Planet Earth
(OmniTone 15207)

Organized pandemonium rules as master pianist, composer, and percussionist Mick Rossi lets fly with a set of sparklingly virtuosic mini-melodramas for quintet.  Recorded live in one take, this recording offers mindblowing playing and improvisation from a crackshot ensemble ... enough to transport you to another world.

The music — an extension of his previous quintet recording, They Have a Word for Everything — blurs and blends, cavorting its way through the CD, masterfully engaging the listener with familiar elements of pop coolness, cinematic suspense, heartstring-pulling divaesque showbiz, and slick cartoon hijinks.  His life experiences, his experiences as a musical artist, and his experiences in the entertainment industry all combine to inform his music.

Musicians
Mick Rossi, piano
Andy Laster, clarinet, alto & baritone saxophone
Russ Johnson, trumpet
Mark Dresser, bass
Charles Descarfino, drums, percussion

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Tracks:

For sound samples, click on MP3 (for an MP3 sample)
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1.  Page X (8:10) MP3 WMA
2.  Henry and Ribsy (6:26) MP3 WMA
3.  I Gotta Go to Bed (8:10) MP3 WMA
4.  Through Lesser Things (8:45) MP3 WMA
5.  Biohazard (6:02) MP3 WMA
6.  Stasis (3:42) MP3 WMA
7.  Changed (8:33) MP3 WMA
8.  Whatever (6:22) MP3 WMA

All compositions by Mick Rossi, Blue Shift Music (ASCAP).

Recorded live on 19 February 2002 at the Knitting Factory, New York.

Recording Engineer: Jon Rosenberg
Mastering Engineer: Katherine Miller

Album Designer: Alicia Krueger, Frau Kranift
Moon photo by Ronald Bloom
Liner notes by Frank Tafuri
Production assistance by Robertson Thacher

Producer: Mick Rossi
Executive Producer: Frank Tafuri

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