Mick Rossi: One Block From Planet Earth (OmniTone)
Aptly titled, this new jazz is a mad romp through a musical marketplace of styles and influences, all within a loose jazz framework. With Mick Rossi on piano, Andy Laster on reeds, Russ Johnson on trumpet, backed up by Mark Dresser on bass and Charles Descarfino on percussion, this is a CD that flawlessly shifts gears between multiple dimensions. The closer you listen, the more you hear how well played it is. But hold on to your seat, as just when you think it has settled into a comfortable groove, it transmutes into something you would have never thought possible. Rossi's writing is plainly twisted, but in all the right ways.
Randy Raine Reusch
Musicworks, Summer 2006, #95