Individually, saxophonist Jason Rigby, pianist Ross Lossing, and drummer Jeff Davis are three of the most adventuresome improvisers working in New York. Rigby has released two acclaimed albums on the Fresh Sound label, and has worked with a wide range of bandleaders from drummer Mark Guiliana to pianist Kris Davis to trombonist Alan Ferber. Lossing has been releasing varied and distinctive albums for over two decades, including two recent solo albums—2015’s Eclipse and 2012’s Drum Music, a tribute to former mentor and collaborator Paul Motian. Davis is also a leader in his own right with several albums under his name, in addition to being a first-call collaborator throughout the experimental quadrant of New York’s jazz scene.
Together, however, these three players form Heavy Merge, a collaborative, free-improvisation trio that is more than the impressive sum of its parts. Their music traffics in high contrast—delicate sections giving way to cathartic explosions of sound. Rigby, Lossing, and Davis all assert their strong musical personalities, pulling the music in unusual and unexpected directions.
This Saturday, October 29th, Heavy Merge will perform two sets at The Jazz Gallery. While each set of theirs is a unique entity, check out the high-wire interplay (and Lossing’s blazing work on distorted Rhodes Piano) of “Pavilion of Temporary Happiness” below.
Heavy Merge plays The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, October 29th, 2016. The group features saxophonist Jason Rigby, pianist Russ Lossing, and drummer Jeff Davis. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.