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Mark Helias

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Bassist/Composer Mark Helias has been making innovative music since beginning his career in the mid seventies. He has enjoyed long musical associations with Edward Blackwell, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Ray Anderson, Don Cherry and Gerry Hemingway.

Eight albums of his music have been released since 1984, including Split Image, The Current Set (1987), Desert Blue (1989) and Attack The Future, (1992) Loopin' the Cool (1995), Fictionary (1998), Come Ahead Back (1998) and New School (2001) Verbs of Will (2003).

Mr. Helias had a seventeen year association with the great drummer Edward Blackwell, with whom he recorded two CDs

Album

Turnpike Diaries Volume 1

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Los Jefes; Slap Happy.

Album

Some Kind of Tomorrow

Label: Radiolegs Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Some Kind of Tomorrow; Magic Carpet; Early Rites; Willing; Traveling Deep; Roughing It; Far Satellites; Pros and Cons; Drift; Star Talk; First Canvas.

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Article: Radio

Sarah Murcia, Thumbscrew & Giancarlo Tossani

Read "Sarah Murcia, Thumbscrew & Giancarlo Tossani" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's lots of new releases sampled in this episode. The critics' darlings, Thumbscrew is back and meeting their usual standards of creativity and originality. Popular French bassist Sarah Murcia sings off-beat stuff on her new Eyeballing, while the Finnish quartet Alder Ego stretches the boundaries on their latest. The pandemic looms over the new release by ...

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Article: Radio

Alexander Hawkins, Michael Gregory Jackson & Cowboys & Frenchmen

Read "Alexander Hawkins, Michael Gregory Jackson & Cowboys & Frenchmen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


New releases galore this edition to sift through and that's always enjoyable. Pianist Alexander Hawkins goes large ensemble on his new Togetherness Music and which is graced by the presence of the great Evan Parker; the Finnish duo of Timo Lassy and Teppo Makynen tear things down on the opening track; the trio of Brian Jones, ...

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Article: Radio

Wadada Leo Smith / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed & Benoit Delbecq

Read "Wadada Leo Smith / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed & Benoit Delbecq" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The lineup for this edition of OMJ is like a menu in an ice cream shop: so many flavours to choose from. The AACM is alive and well in the excellent new release for Astral Spirits by Wadada Leo Smith, Douglas R. Ewart & Mike Reed, power guitar from Slovenia's Samo Salamon with a French quartet, ...

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Article: Radio

New Sounds from Zucker, Helias & Bloom, and Tosoff

Read "New Sounds from Zucker, Helias & Bloom, and Tosoff" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show several recent releases including Ben Zucker, Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias, Amanda Tosoff, Mikko Karjalainen, and Anna Hogberg, also some soulful sounds from Alicia Waller and closing with some classic Miles Davis. Playlist Ben Zucker “Moths Eating The Wallpaper Of Concorde" from Fifth Season (Amalgam Records) 00:00 Jane Ira Bloom ...

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Article: Jazz Raconteurs

Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries

Read "Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


COVID-19 has decimated the live music business and left many jazz musicians without the much-needed income from gigs. The absence of live music has been partially compensated for by livestream performances and a small number of outdoor gigs, including those supported by the Arts for Arts group. Nevertheless, feel-good stories have been few and far between ...

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Article: Radio

New Releases and Celebrations for Melba Liston, Sade and Eartha Kitt

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Melba Liston, Sade and Eartha Kitt" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast opens with music by composer and arranger Melba Liston and concludes with the unique vocal stylings of the great Eartha Kitt to celebrate their birthdays. New releases include Gayelynn McKinney, Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias, Joe Traina and Marty Elkins, with more birthday shoutouts to Ruth Brown, Sade, Michelle Walker, Cheryl Bentyne, Andrea ...

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News: Recording

Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias Release 'Some Kind Of Tomorrow' On Bandcamp

Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias Release 'Some Kind Of Tomorrow' On Bandcamp

Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and bassist Mark Helias come together to create duets discovered in the moment in a way that is rarely heard today with Some Kind of Tomorrow. The long time bandmates, separated by space and time find a way to play in real time with one another and the results are magical. ...


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