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Mark Helias' Open Loose: Atomic Clock

Read "Atomic Clock" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

In a career spanning over twenty years, Mark Helias has worked with some interesting musical collaborations and concepts. He has constantly searched for the new and challenging, whether it has been in the company of musicians like Ray Anderson, Pheeroan akLaff, Mark Dresser and Gerry Hemingway, to name a few--or in his writing, which encompasses chamber ...

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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" ...

Verbs of Will

Label: Radio Legs
Released: 2003
Track listing: Detonation

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Mark Helias' Open Loose: Verbs of Will

Read "Verbs of Will" reviewed by Clifford Allen

If modern jazz has truly reached a historical synthesis of the sort that will keep it going indefinitely and show its “guts," then free-bop might just be that most promising vein. It’s not that free-bop is a particularly new animal; the net can be cast to both Ornette and Hamiet Bluiett, but it often shows more ...


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