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Michael Dessen

Michael Dessen is a composer-improviser who performs on the slide trombone and computer. Active in a variety of ensembles as leader or collaborator, he creates music for improvisers and engages new technologies of telepresence and digital networking. His music has been praised by critics in numerous jazz and contemporary music publications, and recorded on labels such as Clean Feed, Cuneiform, and Circumvention. Dessen's teachers include Yusef Lateef, George Lewis, and Anthony Davis, and he has also been schooled through extensive freelance experiences ranging from salsa bands to avant-garde new music ensembles

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Mark Dresser Seven: Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You

Read "Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is the second recording for the Mark Dresser Seven, a chamber jazz group led by bassist Mark Dresser with an unusual front line of flute, reeds, violin and trombone. Their first CD was highlighted by satiric social commentary and tributes to deceased colleagues. This new one follows the same pattern. Two tributes bookend ...

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Mark Dresser: Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You

Read "Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bassist Mark Dresser played on saxophonist Joe Lovano's Flights Of Fancy: Trio Fascination, Edition 2 (Blue Note, 2001), and he sat in with soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom on her Like Silver, Like Song (Artist Share, 2005) and Chasing Paint (Arabesque, 2002); and he and drummer Jim Black filled in as trio mates on pianist Satoko ...

Mark Dresser Seven: Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You

Read "Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You" reviewed by Troy Dostert

One of the living legends of the acoustic bass, a relentless innovator and fearsome composer, Mark Dresser has spent decades at the forefront of creative jazz. His Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You is a follow-up to 2016's well-received Sedimental You (Clean Feed), a septet record that combined Dresser's skilled songcraft with potent political ...

Somewhere In The Upstream

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Part 1 thru Part 8.

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Michael Dessen: Somewhere In The Upstream

Read "Somewhere In The Upstream" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

L'organico di trio con trombone, contrabbasso e batteria non è particolarmente diffuso, ma può annoverare tra gli esempi più significativi la lunga, formidabile esperienza di Bass Drum Bone, in cui Ray Anderson, Mark Helias e Gerry Hemingway hanno scandagliato modalità espressive e dialogiche ad ampio raggio. Il trio guidato dal trombonista e sperimentatore di suoni Michael ...

Clean Feed 2018

Read "Clean Feed 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Since it's inception in 2002, Lisbon, Portugal's Clean Feed Records has released nearly 500 recordings. Last year the total was 64. Keeping up with their output might be the best way to follow innovative jazz and improvised music in the 21st century. Besides releasing music by masters such as Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Elliott ...

Michael Dessen Trio: Somewhere In The Upstream

Read "Somewhere In The Upstream" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Ace trombonist Michael Dessen is an imaginative technologist when incorporating artistically focused computer-generated sounds into his works as he once again disavows the tried and true with this all-star rhythm section. Complete with unorthodox flows and changeable rhythmic progressions, Dessen's zany and otherworldly live electronics permutations, along with some cosmic interference, offers an extra layer of ...

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Mark Dresser Seven: Sedimental You

Read "Sedimental You" reviewed by John Sharpe

So much has been written about Mark Dresser's brilliance as a bassist that his skill as a composer can be in danger of being forgotten. But showcases like Sedimental You and its predecessor Nourishments (Clean Feed, 2014) should more than redress that potential imbalance. His artfully arranged structures prove engaging vehicles for the improvisational insight of ...

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Mark Dresser Seven: Sedimental You

Read "Sedimental You" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Bassist/composer Mark Dresser has long maintained a bi-coastal career. Born in Los Angeles, for many years his base of operations was New York--including ten years as a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet--but since 2004 he has been on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego. The all-star septet on Sedimental You bridges the ...


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