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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 ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Robert Bush Best of 2014

Read "Robert Bush Best of 2014" reviewed by Robert Bush

2014 proved a banner year for jazz recordings. Still, two of my favorite discs this year came in the form of previously unreleased material--the Jarrett Trio and Coltrane Quintet cannot be overlooked, in my opinion.

Wadada Leo Smith
The Great Lakes Suites
(Tum Records)

Keith Jarrett, ...

Michael Dessen Trio: Resonating Abstractions

Read "Resonating Abstractions" reviewed by Robert Bush

Michael Dessen is a slide-trombone virtuoso and computer musician of the highest order, and the music his trio crafts on Resonating Abstractions showcases his work as a composer in compelling fashion. Key to this success are the contributions from singular double-bassist Chris Tordini and the multi-rhythmic drums of Dan Weiss. Together they realize and expand the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Dessen Trio: Forget the Pixel

Read "Forget the Pixel" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

I brani sono sette ma l'ora di musica contenuta in Forget the Pixel (bel titolo preso dalla prima riga del poema di Phillis Levin “Open Field") può essere vista come un'unica suite, concepita già all'origine per una esibizione senza interruzioni del trio. Il trio, per l'appunto, ma dovremmo parlare di quartetto perché l'elettronica utilizzata dal leader, il ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Dessen Trio: Forget The Pixel

Read "Forget The Pixel" reviewed by Robert Bush

Trombonist Michael Dessen once studied with George Lewis, hung with Ray Anderson, and has ascended to their level on the creative improvising scene. Dessen has his own distinct style, one that values nuanced gestures as highly as it does exuberance; therefore his music creates a micro world of detail and organically developed themes.

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Dessen Trio: Forget The Pixel

Read "Forget The Pixel" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This jazz trio, manned by Southern California-based slide trombonist Michael Dessen, sports a full-sized sound and abides by a rather springy group-centric mode of attack. Dessen's solo work, co-leader outings, and stints with major progressive-jazz artists complement his educational duties at the University of California, Irvine.

The trombonist parlays a worldly and comprehensive stance ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Dessen Trio: Between Shadow and Space

Read "Between Shadow and Space" reviewed by Greg Camphire



Between Shadow and Space is an aptly named release from trombonist and computer manipulator Michael Dessen’s trio, which creates oblique and evasive soundscapes that can’t be easily categorized. As Dessen writes in the album’s liner notes, “the past half century has produced a staggering array of improvisational music…my music draws energy from overlapping musical communities ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Dessen Trio: Between Shadow and Space

Read "Between Shadow and Space" reviewed by Troy Collins

A trombonist with strong roots in the acoustic tradition and a fondness for cutting edge electronic experimentation, Michael Dessen straddles the line between the avant-garde and the accessible better than most. A dauntless sonic explorer, Dessen has bolstered his extensive academic career studying with icons like Anthony Davis, Yusef Lateef and George Lewis.

In ...