UC San Diego's Department of Music
August 01, 2016
ELECTION COMMENTARY IN MUSIC FROM MARK DRESSER
Contrabassist Mark Dresser of the music faculty's new composition "TrumpinPutinStoopin," a preview from his upcoming album Sedimental You (Clean Feed) that he posted to soundcloud last Friday, is getting lots of attention. The tune is his musical take on the presidential election, with a loopy solo from trombonist Michael Dessen that Dresser says "provides a cartoonish prelude to the contrapuntal theme. You can practically see the despots in animation." The recording has been covered by the New York Times, republicofjazz.blogspot.com and steptempestblogspot.com. It was also reviewed by the New York Jazz Record along with two other CDs that feature Dresser: "Equal Poise" and "The Moscow Improvisations." "These three CDs find the bassist in Europe, displaying the precipitous soloing and substantial rhythmic reinforcement for which he's been known since Anthony Braxton's fabled '80s quartet." Along with Dessen, Dresser is joined on "TrumpinPutinStoopin" by flutist Nicole Mitchell, bass clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, violinist David Morales Boroff, pianist Joshua White and drummer Jim Black.
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