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Force Green

Mark Dresser

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Album Review

This set of eight adventurous compositions by bassist Mark Dresser has some otherworldly sounds, some free improvising and plenty of spacey stretches. The latter is due to the flexible and chancetaking singing of Theo Bleckmann, who often functions as part of the ensembles and sticks to wordless improvising. The group also includes trumpeter Dave Douglas (who sometimes sounds traditional and in other spots is as adventurous as Bleckmann, pianist Denman Maroney and drummer Phil Haynes. The music is stimulating but sometimes disturbing, easier to respect than to love.

Biography

Born: 1952 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Bassist and composer Mark Dresser has developed a recognizable sound and masterful technique through the years — from the L.A. avant-garde jazz scene of the early '70s, to '80s European tours in Anthony Braxton's Quartet, to the late-'90s' N.Y.C. downtown scene of musicians who are frequently booked at such venues as the Knitting Factory and Tonic. In addition to his acclaimed work as a composer, Dresser has emerged as a master of the contrabass and has played in all manner of improvisatory...
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