Mark Dresser

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Mark Dresser
Born (1952-09-26) September 26, 1952 (age 70)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Avant-garde jazz, free improvisation, chamber jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrument(s) Double bass
Years active1970s–present
Labels Soul Note, Knitting Factory, Tzadik, Cryptogramophone, Enja, Clean Feed, Pi, CIMP

Mark Dresser (born September 26, 1952) [1] is an American double bass player and composer.



Dresser was born in Los Angeles, California, United States. [1] In the 1970s, he was a member of Black Music Infinity led by Stanley Crouch and performed with the San Diego Symphony. [2] During the next decade he moved to New York City and became a member of the Anthony Braxton quartet with Marilyn Crispell and Gerry Hemingway. [2] [3] [4] He composed for the Arcado String Trio and Tambastics and for the film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. [2]


As leader

As sideman

With Ray Anderson

With Tim Berne

With Jane Ira Bloom

With Bobby Bradford

With Anthony Braxton

With Dave Douglas

With Satoko Fujii

With Gerry Hemingway

With Bob Ostertag

With John Zorn

With others

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