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Mark Dresser, Joshua White: alone, & together

The excitement I feel at being able to report that bassist Mark Dresser will perform three times in seven days in San Diego is only topped by the reality that two of those performances will be as a sideman in a trio led by pianist Joshua White.

Dresser and White have a magical connection that was forged when the pianist joined the Mark Dresser West Coast Quintet in 2010. They have made a duet appearance at the 2011 Bass Summit that tore a hole in the space-time-continuum, and sparks always fly when they share the stage.

White is one of those rare musicians who are developing at such an accelerated rate that even though I've seen him more than 20 times in the last year--each new opportunity yields tangible rewards.

The Joshua White Trio with Dresser and former Philadelphia tenor saxophonist Ben Schachter will be playing downtown, at the Lyceum Theater, located in Westfield Horton Plaza, Monday, Oct. 22, from noon until 1:00 pm.

Schachter is a new name to me, but I've already heard some glowing reports from people in the know, and he's got loads of credentials--including performing experience with Sam Rivers, Jack Walrath, Dave Douglas and John Zorn--pretty heavy company.

The Lyceum concert is free!

Two days later, Dresser will perform solo, as a part of UCSD's Wednesday @ 7 series. I asked the bassist what we'd be hearing.

"My solo concert will be a mixture of really new pieces--so new they didn't even make the program--Mad for Mad, and Mr. Not-so PC, some improvisations, Invocation, G-Radiance, some new looks at older works, Bacachaonne, and K-tude, the image pieces by Roger Reynolds that were on GUTS, Pluto from the Five Outer Planets, and I will perform with the animation Chronicles of an Asthmatic Stripper a film by friend and collaborator Sarah Jane Lapp. I will play both acoustic and electro-acoustic."

Watching Dresser play is the ultimate multimedia experience. He'll set both hands into motion in opposite directions on the fingerboard--often accompanying himself with soft vocal hisses that sound like an invisible hi-hat--or he will draw you into strange, beautiful worlds with his bow, which can plumb the depths of low frequency or soar up to hair-raising ponticello cries in the violin range.

Finally, on Monday, Oct. 29, The Joshua White Trio ( this time with Dresser and drummer Dan Schnelle) will perform at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library --again from noon until 1:00 pm. Schnelle is one of White's favorite associate's and a killer drummer who never ceases to amaze me.

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Mark Dresser by TOM HARTEN

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The excitement I feel at being able to report that bassist Mark Dresser will perform three times in seven days in San Diego is only topped by the reality that two of those performances will be as a sideman in a trio led by pianist Joshua White.

Dresser and White have a magical connection that was forged when the pianist joined the Mark Dresser West Coast Quintet in 2010. They have made a duet appearance at the 2011 Bass Summit that tore a hole in the space-time-continuum, and sparks always fly when they share the stage.

White is one of those rare musicians who are developing at such an accelerated rate that even though I've seen him more than 20 times in the last year--each new opportunity yields tangible rewards.

The Joshua White Trio with Dresser and former Philadelphia tenor saxophonist Ben Schachter will be playing downtown, at the Lyceum Theater, located in Westfield Horton Plaza, Monday, Oct. 22, from noon until 1:00 pm.

Schachter is a new name to me, but I've already heard some glowing reports from people in the know, and he's got loads of credentials--including performing experience with Sam Rivers, Jack Walrath, Dave Douglas and John Zorn--pretty heavy company.

The Lyceum concert is free!

Two days later, Dresser will perform solo, as a part of UCSD's Wednesday @ 7 series. I asked the bassist what we'd be hearing.

"My solo concert will be a mixture of really new pieces--so new they didn't even make the program--Mad for Mad, and Mr. Not-so PC, some improvisations, Invocation, G-Radiance, some new looks at older works, Bacachaonne, and K-tude, the image pieces by Roger Reynolds that were on GUTS, Pluto from the Five Outer Planets, and I will perform with the animation Chronicles of an Asthmatic Stripper a film by friend and collaborator Sarah Jane Lapp. I will play both acoustic and electro-acoustic."

Watching Dresser play is the ultimate multimedia experience. He'll set both hands into motion in opposite directions on the fingerboard--often accompanying himself with soft vocal hisses that sound like an invisible hi-hat--or he will draw you into strange, beautiful worlds with his bow, which can plumb the depths of low frequency or soar up to hair-raising ponticello cries in the violin range.

Finally, on Monday, Oct. 29, The Joshua White Trio ( this time with Dresser and drummer Dan Schnelle) will perform at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library --again from noon until 1:00 pm. Schnelle is one of White's favorite associate's and a killer drummer who never ceases to amaze me.

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Mark Dresser by TOM HARTEN

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