Tines of Change
Released: May 2023
Tines of Change
Released: May 5, 2023
Mark Dresser - Tines of Change – The Free Jazz Collective – Eyal HareuveniMay 11, 2023
Mark Dresser is not only a true master of the double bass but also a lifelong researcher, innovator and conceptualist of the bull fiddle’s almost infinite sonic possibilities, and a rare musician who treats his instrument as an orchestra rather …
Mark Dresser - Tines Of Change – Jazz Journal – Peter GambleMay 7, 2023
The Californian bassist expands the range of the bass with tines and pickups and produces sounds by turns floating, gutteral and everyday The concept of a solo bass album can be a daunting prospect at the best of times for …
Mark Dresser - Tines of Change – The San Diego Union Tribune – George VargaMay 7, 2023
Mark Dresser will celebrate the release of his new album,”Tines of Change,” with a free Monday concert at The Loft. The intimate venue is located on the campus of UC San Diego, where Dresser earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees …
Luthier, engineer and bassist Kent McLagan has been building remarkably strong sounding, affordable basses from sustainable woods for over 20 years. McLagan’s instruments maximize clarity of pitch and power in all the registers with innovative functional design.
Our collaboration began in 2000, when he embedded hand wound magnetic pickups in the fingerboard of my bass, in two specific locations, which amplifies three different pitch segments per string. This new music was first documented on the recordings UNVEIL (CD, Clean Feed 2005) and GUTS: Bass Explorations, Investigations & Explanations (CD/DVD, Kadima Collective 2010).
In 2014 I asked Kent to build me a bass with a removable neck and built in neck pick-ups that would weigh under the 50 pound limit for overweight airline charges. I also proposed an idea for an attachment to the bass that could be bowed and plucked, a set of metal tines, a cross between an African mbira and stroked rods designed by late composer, Robert Erickson, first recorded on Modicana (No Business, LP 2017)
In 2021 on a visit to Denver, Kent showed me a 5-string bass with a low B he had recently completed for himself. It was exceptional in its power and projection. I commissioned him to build me a five string with neck pick-ups and tines that could be strung with either a low B or a high C.
Alexandria Smith recorded and mixed this CD. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Loyola University, New Orleans. I first met Alexandria in 2017 when she was a graduate student at UC SanDiego. I showed her my McLagan bass with the tines and she offered to record me. I knew she as a gifted engineer she would capture the details ofmy performance and this new instrument.
Mark Dresser – December, 2022 Encinitas, CA
releases May 5, 2023
Produced by Mark Dresser and Alexandria Smith
Executive Producer – Kris Davis
Recorded at UC San Diego July 21, 2019 and November 13-14, 2022
Cover design – Ligorano Reese
Back cover photo – Alessandro D’Amico
Tracks 4, 8, 11, 12 performed on the McLagen 5 string bass, (2022)
All others performed on the McLagan 4 string bass (2015)
Track 9 uses a Tatsuya Nakatani bow All music by Mark Dresser, Del Dresser Music /ASCAP
Music Video – Patrick Paxson
Carol Del Signore – MVP
Alexandria Smith- Recording, Mixing and Mastering
Jeff Albert – Mastering Assistant
Kent McLagan – Bass Maker, Pick-up design, Tine design
Mark Dresser uses Thomastik Spirocore Strings
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