Jorge Rossy (p), Felix Rossy (tp), Raffi Garabedian (ts), Ben Street (b), R.J. Miller (d)
Reference: MR-004 LP
Bar code: 8427328884457
"Jorge Rossy arrived at Berklee College of Music in 1990 to study trumpet, despite already being a professional drummer. In Boston, the front line musiciansmost of them were his teachers at the schoolwould hire him to play important gigs. Even with this brief anecdote one can get an idea about the Spanish multi-instrumentalists special charisma and faculties.
Since then, he has played with lot of fine musicians around the world, including saxophonists Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake and Joshua Redman, and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkelin a career spanning more than 25 years. International recognition came when he took the role of drummer in pianist Brad Mehldaus Trio, a formation that was completed by bassist Larry Grenadier. Rossy was a member of this trio for ten years, time that gave him the opportunity to tour around the world with two greatly admired musicians and friends. Rossy smiles when he remembers all the experiences he has shared with Mehldau and Grenadier, and even though there is not nostalgia in his words, some emotional feelings can be read in his eyes, as he stares to make sure that the important message behind his long dialog arrives with no doubts.
Jorge Rossy is a mystical kind of man, quiet and balanced, as is his playing on both drums and piano. Yes, he quit playing with Mehldaus Trio to restart his career as a pianist and composer. This direction change was almost ten years ago, when he decided to come back to Spain to focus on piano. Perseverance and hard work are the factors which define his extraordinary talent, something all his colleagues know and prais.
Rossy has just released his third album as a band leader, Iris Blues (Moskito Records, 2012), with a renovated quintet, visiting Valencia, Spain to play with saxophonist Javier Vercher and bassist Masa Kamaguchi. It wasnt too cold outside, but he preferred to sit inside the café. He took off his jacket but kept his white kerchief and a black woolen hat on- -two details that define his appearance. With a croissant and a café latte, he started to talk about the piano life without realizing that he was moving the spoon in his cup the way he moves the brushes on his drums [...]"
—Marta Ramon (March 12, 2013)
All About Jazz