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Mark Dresser / Gerry Hemingway / Assif Tsahar: Code Re(a)d

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Code Re(a)d documents the live, free improvised meeting of Israeli saxophonist Assif Tsahar with the massive rhythm section of double bass master Mark Dresser and powerful drummer Gerry Hemingway, recorded at Tshar's home base, the Levontin 7 club in Tel Aviv in May 2011. Dresser and Hemingway began to play together in the legendary Anthony Braxton Quartet (with pianist Marilyn Crispell), almost thirty years ago and continued to play together in various, respective solo projects, developing a unique, telepathic rapport. Tsahar has not met such a powerful rhythm section since his early collaborations with double bassist William Parker or his ...

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Mark Dresser: Nourishments

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Well-established as one of the foremost virtuoso contrabassists on the face of the planet, Mark Dresser has turned his attention to a variety of other projects over the past few years. The former member of Anthony Braxton's “classic" quartet with drummer Gerry Hemingway and pianist Marilyn Crispell, Dresser's best known recent work has been with drummer Matt Wilson and pianist Myra Melford in Trio M. He's also recorded numerous albums- usually as a soloist or a member of small co-operative groups-for top-rank labels such as Clean Feed, Tzadik, and Cryptogramophone. A full Professor at the University of California, San Diego ...

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Mark Dresser Quintet: Nourishments

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Influential master bassist Mark Dresser leads his first quintet outing in nearly two decades. His complex compositions span an abundance of odd-metered time signatures, whether the song forms are buoyant, temperate or soul-searching. It's a very involved storyline that yields fruitful rewards. Indeed, the program is a kaleidoscopic ride that includes brash or probing solos by saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and trombonist Michael Dressen. But it's Dresser himself who maintains command and control by steering the band through these progressive and slightly off-kilter movements, fringing on the avant-garde spectrum. Moreover, the leader provides a play-by-play on a per-track basis in the ...

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Mark Dresser Quintet: Nourishments

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Master double bassist Mark Dresser's first quintet recording since Force Green (Soul Note, 1995) works in several courses. Its compositions are centered around Dresser's personal approach to the jazz tradition and the song form, emphasizing the charismatic playing of all the quintet members, the importance of the beauty of the melody, and cyclical forms. At the same time these compositions integrate innovative compositional elements from new music and embody explorations from his solo bass playing in recent years, including extended techniques, structured improvisation and timbre sculpting. To borrow a phrase that visionary reed player Anthony Braxton (with whom Dresser worked ...

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Mark Dresser Quintet: Nourishments

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There's evidence of bassist Mark Dresser's audacity and originality in his sideman work with Satoko Fujii, opening the title tune of the Japanese pianist's Trace a River (Libra Records, 2008) with a ghostly arco whine that sounds as if it drifted in out of the twilight zone, before the ever-mercurial Fujii shifts the tune into a mini-riot between piano, drummer Jim Black and Dresser--a fight that the bassist seems to have (temporarily) won, via the emergence from the maelstrom of his rumbling, chest-thumping pizzicato solo. He's a bit more restrained on his work in the title tune of The Guest ...

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Mark Dresser Quintet: Nourishments

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Mark Dresser has risen to the very upper echelon of the double-bass world in the most impressive fashion: by choosing the road less traveled. His path of virtuosity has eschewed the conventional metrics of velocity over changes in favor of the development of a highly personal improvising language that includes timbre gradients, two-handed tapping, use of hammered bi-tones, and the amplification of subtle overtones of striking aural properties.He returns to explore ensemble music under his own leadership with this new recording of his long-standing East Coast Quintet featuring Denman Maroney on “hyper-piano" ( a variant on the prepared ...

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Mark Dresser / Myra Melford / Michael Dessen: San Diego: April 17, 2011

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Mark Dresser / Myra Melford / Michael DessenUC San Diego, UC IrvineSan Diego, CAApril 17, 2011 The University of California has been heavily involved in the advancement of “telematic" performances now for over 10 years. Utilizing the Internet2 (a not-for-profit advanced networking consortium) and super high-speed bandwidth networks, as well as state-of-the-art video and audio connections, telematic events feature musicians in different co-locations, interacting with each other and the audience in absolute real-time. The technology responsible for this (both hardware and software) is five years ahead of what is currently available on the market, ...



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