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The Art of the Duo: Diane Moser & Mark Dresser

Last night, pianist Diane Moser and contrabassist Mark Dresser created together an astonishing series of duets in The Back Room at 98 Bottles. …Dresser and Moser have a deep connection that dates back to the '70s — each is a superb musician with their own personal languages brought to the table, or in this case, perhaps altar is a more apt description — given the spiritual dynamic that seemed to be in play. …Bass and piano courted the notion of beauty for its own sake — and I totally bought into it. Dresser's solo seemed to aim at squeezing the truth out of individual notes and phrases — and Moser set it all up with gloriously paced, rich, harmonies. …Closing with the bassist's joyous extrapolation of Zimbabwean market culture, "Ekoneni," brought the celebrative aspect of this sublime collaboration to a fitting conclusion. The audience couldn't help but rise to their feet in appreciation.

Robert Bush – San Diego Reader

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Diane Moser & Mark Dresser — Duetto

…There is a simpatico going on here that navigates the sublime. These two musicians seem to live in each others heads, because everything is perfectly balanced–from the tune authorship to the remarkably even distribution of melodies and solos. Opening with Moser's "Hello," dark, ruminative piano harmonies support Dresser's violin range harmonics and ponticello bowing before branching out into heady lyricism after a vamp is settled upon. Moser has a deft, pastoral touch that can turn into highly intuitive rhythmic agitation at the drop of a hat.… Dresser wrote the impossibly ecstatic "Big Mama Heart," for Moser and it is clearly the highlight moment in an album full of them. Powered by the bassist's curious double-stops and drop-time pedal tones, the theme staggers about with jangled clusters and wicked repetitions. …Moser takes an astonishing solo that places her in the elite of improvising pianists working today.… Heady, serious fun.Highly recommended.…

Robert Bush – San Diego Reader