Duologues

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
Mark Dresser's first bassline on Duologues is a very jazzy one, but do not be fooled: This CD is one of his most adventurous from this period. Thanks should go to Denman Maroney, a very peculiar pianist who forced the bassist to reinvent himself. Over the years, Maroney developed a highly personal musical language focused on the inner resonances of his instrument. Even when considered from the angle of prepared piano playing, his approach remains unique. He does not exploit defects, mishaps, and accidental resonances of objects placed on the strings, but frees a whole new kind of poetry from the wood and strings of the instrument by moving bowls around, bending ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
Mark Dresser's first bassline on Duologues is a very jazzy one, but do not be fooled: This CD is one of his most adventurous from this period. Thanks should go to Denman Maroney, a very peculiar pianist who forced the bassist to reinvent himself. Over the years, Maroney developed a highly personal musical language focused on the inner resonances of his instrument. Even when considered from the angle of prepared piano playing, his approach remains unique. He does not exploit defects, mishaps, and accidental resonances of objects placed on the strings, but frees a whole new kind of poetry from the wood and strings of the instrument by moving bowls around, bending strings, and working simultaneously inside and outside the instrument. Dresser was inspired by the pianist's art and complemented his playing beautifully, extending his own techniques and concentrating a lot more on resonance himself, as can be heard on "Fanfare for the Rare Woman," "Oscicaglia," and "Bozcaada." The duo chose to play short improvisations, from one to eight minutes long, a decision with beautiful consequences. The sonorities don't have a chance to become tiresome: When a piece ends, the listener is left still wondering how such sounds could emanate from a piano and/or a bass. Duologues makes a very nice companion to Maroney's 2000 CD with guitarist Hans Tammen Billabong, on Potlatch. As for Dresser, this album contains some of his best playing in years. This is not the live concert these two gave at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in May 2000, but a studio session recorded six months later.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Victo
  • UPC: 777405007322
  • Catalog Number: 73

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pulse Feel (6:52)
  2. 2 Fanfare for the Rare Woman (1:15)
  3. 3 Slithereens (2:05)
  4. 4 Oscicaglia (3:07)
  5. 5 Amalgamon (8:30)
  6. 6 Throso (2:56)
  7. 7 Bali Nigh (2:57)
  8. 8 Bozcaada (5:56)
  9. 9 Pegmatitic (4:56)
  10. 10 Arco Optic (8:01)
  11. 11 Bendango (3:05)
  12. 12 Norma (4:10)
  13. 13 Subtonic (5:09)
  14. 14 Throsone (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Dresser Primary Artist, Double Bass, Contrabass (Vocal)
Denman Maroney Piano
Technical Credits
Mark Dresser Composer
Fred Frith Liner Notes
Denman Maroney Composer
Michael Brorby Engineer
François Bienvenue Graphic Design, Photo Montage
Jim Hemingway Mastering, Montage
Joanne Vézina Executive Producer
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