Russ Lossing/Mat Maneri/Mark Dresser – Metal Rat (CF 064)
Some free improvisations sound so coherent and logical that one would guess that much of the music was planned out beforehand. Metal Rat has two pieces written by pianist Russ Lossing, four trio improvisations and four duets. But although the format changes now and then, the music overall is rather dull. The lack of melody, the emphasis on out-of-tempo ruminations and the sameness of the mood make the final results rather tedious to sit through despite the obvious high musicianship of the players. The abstract interaction between the players lacks fire and excitement, making this both a mildly disturbing and a sleepy affair.