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ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Mark Dresser: Nourishments

Read "Mark Dresser: Nourishments" reviewed by Dave Wayne

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 ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Robert Bush’s Best Releases of 2013

Read "Robert Bush’s Best Releases of 2013" reviewed by Robert Bush

2013 proved to be another banner year for recorded jazz--so much wonderful music--no one could argue that this is a dying art form. These ten recordings stood out in particular. Mark Dresser Quintet Nourishments (Clean Feed) Keith Jarrett Somewhere (ECM) Wadada Leo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Dresser Quintet: Nourishments

Read "Nourishments" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

C'è il sax alto di Rudresh Mahanthappa a dettar legge nel brano che apre questo nuovo album del sessantunenne (il 26 settembre: auguri) bassista losangelino, per l'occasione alla testa di un quintetto ottimamente coeso entro cui si alternano due diversi batteristi. Ed è, quella di Mahanthappa, una voce iperaffermativa, viscerale, le cui scorribande solistiche (ma anche ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Dresser Quintet: Nourishments

Read "Nourishments" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Dresser Quintet: Nourishments

Read "Nourishments" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Dresser Quintet: Nourishments

Read "Nourishments" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Dresser Quintet: Nourishments

Read "Nourishments" reviewed by Robert Bush

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 ...


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