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Royal Hartigan & Blood Drum Spirit: Time Changes

Read "Time Changes" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Drummer, pianist, and composer, Royal Hartigan, first encountered bassist Wes Brown and saxophonist David Bindman at Wesleyan University. The three were instrumental in the early development of the Ghanaian-American group Talking Drums and recorded Blood Drum Spirit (Innova) in 1993 with Kevin McNeal on guitar. The ensemble's follow up, Blood Drum Spirit: Royal Hartigan Ensemble Live ...

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Mark Dresser/Denman Maroney: Time Changes

Read "Time Changes" reviewed by Brian P. Lonergan

Listening to bassist Mark Dresser and pianist Denman Maroney's Time Changes is often like being in a car with someone trying to learn stick shift--smooth coasting is interrupted by sudden lurches, premature downshifts, or unexpected accelerations. To the musicians' credit, though, the music never stalls. By creating tension with so many rhythmically off-kilter sections, the passages ...

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Mark Dresser/Denman Maroney: Time Changes

Read "Time Changes" reviewed by John Kelman

Since emerging in the mid-'80s alongside artists like woodwind multi-instrumentalist/composer Anthony Braxton, drummer Gerry Hemingway, and trombonist Ray Anderson, bassist Mark Dresser has combined a frightening command of his instrument that includes all manner of extended techniques with a remarkably musical approach that often makes greater sense of the more outré artists with whom he's often ...