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Mark Helias Open Loose

Mark Helias - Bass, Tony Malaby - Tenor Saxophone, Tom Rainey - Drums

"Without much fanfare, bassist Helias has been leading some great bands for more than a decade now. The latest edition of Open Loose features Tom Rainey's sonorous drums and Tony Malaby's sinewy tenor, and - as always - the emphasis is on supercharged, spur-of-the-moment interplay." -Davis, Village Voice

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Mark Helias' Open Loose: Atomic Clock

Read "Atomic Clock" reviewed by Nic Jones


Bassist Mark Helias has a great band here. All three musicians, augmented by the second tenor sax of Ellery Eskelin on one track, are entirely in tune with each other, and this programme is notable for the high number of occasions when they seem to breathe as one. The perhaps deliberately woozy air of “Modern Scag" is a case in point. Malaby and Eskelin don't so much lock horns as they seem to agree on an approach that takes the ...

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