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Attack The Future

by Mark Helias

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Gnomeswalk 12:17
2.
Hands Off 03:30
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4.
5.
Jacques 05:13
6.
Beau Regard 08:11

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Pulse Magazine 1993
Meanwhile, various avantists keep positioning themselves to Attack the Future (enja), as the new album from Mark Helias is titled. Helias is a musical omnivore whose inspirations range from classical etudes to world-music groovefests, from gut bucket blues to Crescent City struts to freebop, from satchmo to Mingus to Trane. That's not too surprising in a subtle bassist who's worked with one of jazz's ultimate rhythmic encyclopedists, Edward Blackwell, for 17 years. But more impressive still is how his fertile compositions ingeniously reflect that breadth of knowledge and feeling without degenerating into stilted homages. Instead, propelled by improvisation insights from the outstanding band -David Lopato, Michael Moore, Tom Rainey and Herb Robertson - Helias' serrated pieces slice across musical planes with the kind of witty, graceful inevitability that bespeaks well-honed craft and an ever-more recognizable voice. Gene Santoro

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released September 4, 2020

Credits
Bass – Mark Helias
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone – Michael Moore
Cornet, Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Herb Robertson
Drums, Percussion – Tom Rainey
Piano – David Lopato
Notes
Recorded March 11, 1990 at Studio 44 in Monster, Holland
Recorded At – Studio 44
All compositions by Mark Helias ©Radio Legs Music BMI/GEMA

1 Gnomeswalk 12:13
2 Hands Off 3:24
3 Knitting Or Quitting 26:02
3.1 a. All In A Row 2:41
3.2 b. Conjuring 8:50
3.3 c. Proto-March 4:35
3.4 d. Soliloquy 3:41
3.5 e. Question Time 3:04
3.6 f. Drumiloquy 1:21
3.7 g. Answers Become Questions 1:53
4 Mudpie Anthem 6:19
5 Jacques 5:08
6 Beau Regard 8:11

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Mark Helias New York, New York

Mark Helias is a renowned bassist, composer and producer who has performed throughout the world for more than four decades with some of the most important and innovative musicians in Jazz and Improvised Music including Don Cherry, Edward Blackwell, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton, Abbey Lincoln, Cecil Taylor, and Uri Caine.
Sixteen albums of his music have been released since 1984.
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