The Jazz Session #620: Mark Dresser

Mark Dresser‘s new solo bass album is Tines Of Change (Pyroclastic Records, 2023). In this interview, Mark talks about the sonic experimentation that led to the modified bass he plays on this recording; how Jimi Hendrix and Charles Mingus influenced his early musical thinking; the short vacation on the East Coast that led to a multi-year stint in New Haven, CT; how he passes on what he’s learned to his students; and more.


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