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Music For Big Band

by Mark Helias

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Roger 15:49
21 08:28
Handycam 10:17
Ellipsis 15:03


Mark Helias: Music for Big Band

Recorded April 2006 in Hamburg, Germany by The NDR Big Band.

Most of the pieces were quite contemporaneous with the recording except for “Beside Myself “which had been composed while I was still in graduate school, 1975-76. The rehearsal and recording period was unusually short due to other commitments for the band. Also, upon arrival for the first rehearsal I was told that the score and parts that I shipped weeks before had not arrived. I spent the first half of the first day printing all of the parts from my computer. Considering the short amount of rehearsal time the musicians did a credible job. The brass sections in particular were strong (good lead trumpet and wonderful trombones) and the trombone solos on “Handycam” and “21” were exceptionally soulful and interesting. The guitarist, who only played on 21, came in like a spectre and played beautifully on the track. Luckily for me I was able to bring drummer Michael Sarin for the session. His ability to maintain the feel of a small band in the large ensemble helped to maintain the musical intimacy in the rhythm section. The pianist was also very enthusiastic and engaging in every piece. He was a joy to work with.
I am very gratified to have had these pieces realized in sound.
Mark Helias


released September 4, 2020

All compositions and orchestrations by Mark Helias ©Radio Legs Music BMI/GEMA

Trumpets / flugelhorns: Thorsten Benkenstein, Ingolf Burkhardt, Claus Stötter, Reiner Winterschladen
Trombones: Dan Gottshall, Nils Landgren, Sebastian Hoffmann, Stefan Lottermann, Ingo Lahme (bass trombone, tuba)
Saxophones: Fiete Felsch (alto / soprano sax, flute, clarinet), Peter Bolte (alto / soprano sax), Christof Lauer (tenor / soprano sax), Lutz Büchner (tenor / soprano sax), Frank Delle (baritone sax, bass clarinet)
Piano / Keyboards: Vladyslav Sendecki
Guitar: Stephan Diez
Bass: Mark Helias
Drums: Michael Sarin
Percussion: Marcio Doctor
Conductor: Dieter Glawischnig


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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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