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Blood From A Stone

by Mark Helias/Tim Berne

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As we move into decades of performing as improvising musicians we acquire long term musical relationships based on a myriad of criteria. Tim and I met in the early 80's and have continued to collaborate while cultivating wide ranging experiences performing with a wondrous assemblage of creative characters and mentors. Tim was the impetus for my first recording as a composer/leader by simply suggesting that we go into the studio after hours with my working quartet instead of waiting for a record label to offer me a date. Recently he was the person who inadvertently inspired me to release a solo bass album that I recorded twenty years ago. So, when he and Sara Humphries came up for a weekend of relaxation and culinary delights with Claudia Barritt and myself, I agreed that he should bring his horn. In the midst of hanging out we fit in two short sessions of playing which resulted in this musical offering, Blood From A Stone.
Special Thanks to Claudia Barritt and Sara Humphries. Thanks to Martin Penning for making my double bass.


released October 1, 2020

Mark Helias - double bass
Tim Berne - alto saxophone

Recorded on September 11-12 at Chateau Beyond Studio, Cuddebackville NY
Special Thanks to Claudia Barritt and Sarah Humphries.
Thanks to Martin Penning for making my double bass.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mark Helias

All pieces ©2020 Radiolegs Music BMI and Party Music BMI


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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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