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Dresser, Mark & Denman Maroney: Live in Concert (Kadima)

The duo of Denman Maroney on prepared piano and Mark Dresser on contrabass at the 2008 Vision Festival in NYC, and at the Storefront Theater, Chicago in 2001.

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product information:

UPC: 634479947407

Label: Kadima
Catalog ID: KCR 18
Squidco Product Code: 11238

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Israel
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels with magnetic clasp
Track 1 recorded live at the Vision Festival XII, June 10, 2008 in New York City. Tracks 2 & 3 recorded at the Storefront Theater in Chicago on November 5, 2001.


Denman Maroney-piano, prepared piano

Mark Dresser-contrabass

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track listing:

1. Starmelodics 31:22

2. Bozcaada 8:39

3. Ediface 23:39

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Improvised Music
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Piano & Keyboards
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
Recorindgs from the NYC Vision Festival
Duo Recordings

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The duo of Denman Maroney on prepared piano and Mark Dresser on contrabass at the 2008 Vision Festival in NYC, and at the Storefront Theater, Chicago in 2001.

"Mark Dresser may still be best known for his tenure with one of Anthony Braxton's classic quartets, but the bassist and pianist Denman Maroney have a musical relationship stretching back some 19 years, and it showed in the highly personal duo language they have evolved.

Their unique sound world is predicated upon extended techniques, with Maroney rubbing wooden blocks along his piano strings, producing unearthly shrieks and glissandos, almost as a recurrent motif through the performance. Dresser made assured and purposeful use of the whole gamut of bass techniques, drawing from frog croaking yelps, rubber band twangs and stuttering drones in pursuit of their tandem vision. Dresser is a master: at times he simultaneously plucked and bowed to inspired effect against abrasive rubbing on the piano strings, or subtly varied the pressure as he bowed on the bridge of his bass to modulate a firm but vocalised squeaking.

Though the single 35-minute piece sounded like a free improv, both men followed a score at times, looking studious and serious. A dark lyricism contrasted with passages of subterranean rumbling piano and rusty door hinge arco, before pirouetting into a sequence of sudden starts. With the loudest applause of the evening greeting the close of probably the most challenging set, and what for some was a major highlight, it demonstrated that you should never underestimate either the stamina or the discernment of the Vision Festival audience.

A great evening with four satisfying sets displaying the wide breadth represented under the rubric of the Vision Festival and promising more to come from the rest of the week. The next night was to be Kidd Jordan night."-John Sharpe, All About Jazz Vision Festival Review

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Artist Biographies:

Mark Dresser is a Grammy nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collaborator. At the core of his music is an artistic obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic, musical, and expressive possibilities of the contrabass. He has recorded over one hundred thirty CDs including three solo CDs and a DVD. From 1985 to 1994, he was a member of Anthony Braxton's Quartet, which recorded nine CDs and was the subject of Graham Locke's book Forces in Motion (Da Capo). He has also performed and recorded music of Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, Dave Douglas, Osvaldo Golijov, Gerry Hemingway, Bob Ostertag, Joe Lovano, Roger Reynolds, Henry Threadgill, Dawn Upshaw, John Zorn. Dresser most recent and internationally acclaimed new music for jazz quintet, Nourishments (2013) his latest CD (Clean Feed) marks his re-immersion as a bandleader. Since 2007 he has been deeply involved in telematic music performance and education. He was awarded a 2015 Shifting Foundation Award and 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award. He is Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego.

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