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Come Ahead Back

by Mark Helias

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    First recording of Mark Helias' Open Loose featuring Ellery Eskelin on Tenor Sax, Tom Rainey on Drums and Mark Helias on bass. Originally released on Koch Jazz.

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Semaphore 13:36
Line Nine 09:23
Boppo 06:28


Trios are equi-angular....a prime number...threeness. In a musical ensemble, going from a duo to a trio is an important dimensional leap. It adds perspective and depth of field; a musical tripod that can stand on its own. Is there a type of inherent symmetrical perfection in the trio setting? The Trinity of Music? It is a stripped down ensemble where all the basic functions are covered, plus there is enough space to stretch yourself and your instrument.
There has always been discussion of “piano-less trio” or “trio with no harmonic instrument”. I submit that, in the right hands, every instrument is harmonic. I suppose there are different interpretations of the meaning of the word harmonic, but I hear plenty of harmony in this music in spite of the absence of a so called “harmonic instrument”.
Over the years I have found myself in many trios with and without piano. The trio settings with drums and a horn have always been particularly interesting for the freedom and responsibility that they have allowed. Compositionally, one can explore the medium of two voice counterpoint as a possibility rather than a limitation.
This ensemble is more interested in interactive collective musical creation. As in the live concert situation, the repertoire is about half and half composed pieces and open form improvisation.
So, what is left to write on the cover os one's CD? Well, I will say simply that we approach structured pieces and improvised pieces with the same sense of possibility and discovery. Open and very loose....
I hope you are drawn into the musings of this triumvirate.
Mark Helias


released April 22, 2020

Ellery Eskelin - Tenor Saxophone, Tom Rainey - Drums, Mark Helias - Bass and Compositions
Recorded at Avatar Studios by Christina Schwartz
Mixed by Dae Bennett at Hillside Studios
Mastering Engineer: Katherine Miller at Current Sound
cover Design by Kerin Kolonoskie and Mark Helias
Cover Photo by Mark Helias, All other photos by Patrick Hinely Work/Play
Produced by Mark Helias, Executive Producer Donald Elfman


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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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