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    Live trio recording of BassDrumBone at the BimHuis, Amsterdam Holland

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Johnny Jones 10:28
Gentle Ben 08:44
Mumblypeg 11:54
Handicap 11:13
FlipFlop 06:29


March of Dimes

This album was a coming together of long term colleagues, a long term venue, a long term engineer, a long term curator, a long term friend, drummer, painter/humorist, a long term radio colleague, and a wonderful public. This album was recorded and produced by Dick Lucas who was a presence in the Dutch music scene as a recordist and tech wizard who documented numerous projects and broadcasts by our ensemble as well as documenting a huge segment of the archive of Dutch Creative Improvised Music. In addition, Dick released the recording on his label and always entertained us with a bone dry wit.
Han Bennink, a cornerstone of creative expression in Holland for decades was so generous in making a beautiful cover design for this and many other albums. The Bim Huis has been a fabled home away from home in Holland for me since 1978 and Huup Von Riel has been making the program there for decades as well. Vera Vingerhoeds has produced live radio recordings for VPRO radio for decades as well and has always been a welcoming presence at the Bim Huis and various festivals throughout our careers. To all these folks a huge thank you.
This live performance was captured in a recording made on September 26, 1997 direct to 2 track DAT. It was one date in a three week tour that had us bounding up and down the European continent sharing our work with the public. The cosmic order present a perfect context for us to explore our newest compositions in a relaxed, intense and concentrated atmosphere. With the assistance of an engaged and critically discriminating audience the music flowed.
The ultimate thank you goes to my dear compadres Gerry Hemingway and Ray Anderson for four plus decades of human and musical interaction. I sincerely hope that you enjoy the music in all ways possible.

Mark Helias


released September 14, 2020

Ray Anderson - Trombone
Mark Helias - Bass
Gerry Hemingway - Drums

recorded live at the BIMhuis, Amsterdam Holland, September 29,1997 direct to 2-track for VPRO radio

recorded and produced by Dick Lucas. Cover design: Han Bennink. Design: Leugenuchtig Lekker.

Thanks to Jim Hemingway, Vera Vingerhoeds and Rene de Rooij

Tracks #1 and #7 by Gerry Hemingway-Nagual Music (GEMA/BMI)
Tracks #3, #5, #6 by Mark Helias-Radio Legs Music (GEMA/BMI)
Tracks #1 and #2 by Ray Anderson-Raybone Music (GEMA)


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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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