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Mark Dresser (b. 1952) has been composing and performing solo contrabass and ensemble music professionally since 1972 throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. Emerging from the L.A. “free” jazz scene of the early 70's, Dresser performed with the “Black Music Infinity”, led by Stanley Crouch, and included Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, David Murray, and James Newton. Concurrently he was performing with the San Diego Symphony. After completing B.A. and M.A. degrees at UCSD where he studied with contrabass virtuoso Bertram Turetzky and a 1983 Fulbright Fellowship in Italy with maestro Franco Petracchi, Dresser relocated to New York in 1986 after being invited to join the quartet of composer/saxophonist, Anthony Braxton. Dresser played with Braxton's longest performing quartet for nine years.

Once in NY, Dresser began working with a wide variety of musicians in the greater New York community including Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Davis, Fred Frith, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, and others. He focused on composing for a pair of cooperative groups, Tambastics with flutist Robert Dick, percussionist Gerry Hemingway, and pianist Denman Maroney and the string trio, ARCADO, with violinist Mark Feldman and cellist Hank Roberts. Numerous European tours, awards, six CD's, and several commissions resulted, including “For Not the Law,” a composition for ARCADO and orchestra from WDR Radio of Cologne Germany, “Armadillo” for ARCADO and the WDR Big Band, and “Bosnia,” a work written for the Trio du Clarinettes of France and ARCADO.

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”Mark Dresser is an inventor. He also may be the most important bassist to emerge since 1980 in jazz or classical music.”

Harvey Pekar, Boston Herald, February 1, 1998

“Mr. Dresser, a bassist who is one of the great instrumental forces in recent American jazz outside of the mainstream...”

New York Times, February 25, 2000

“Dresser's Music distinguishes itself, as was also heard in his solo work, “Invocation” by ingenuity and originality in the sound production, in addition, by fascinating sound atmospheres.”

Basler Zeitung - February 20, 2000

“He has proven to be one of the master bassists of modern jazz, perhaps even the most exciting....his improvisational fecundity was remarkable for its veritable ensemble-in-miniature, in which every orchestral maneuver can be deployed to advantage..

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Deep Resonance

Fundacja Sluchaj
2020

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In Igma

Clean Feed Records
2020

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Ain't Nothing But a...

Clean Feed Records
2019

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Ain’t Nothing But A...

Clean Feed Records
2019

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Sedimental You

Clean Feed Records
2017

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Modicana

NoBusiness Records
2017

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Ain't Nothing But A Cyber Coup & You

From: Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup...
By Mark Dresser

Hobby Lobby Horse

From: Sedimental You
By Mark Dresser

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