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New School

by Mark Helias

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Molecule 03:39
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Startle 06:48
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Dominoes 07:14
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Mapa 10:41
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Gentle Ben 08:53
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On September 21, 2000, bassist Mark Helias and Open Loose took the stage at Manhattan's New School University as part of an annual concert series produced by the Jazz Composers Collective. Happily, the tape was rolling and this superb CD is the result. The aptly named trio features tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby and drummer Tom Rainey. Helias pilots the group with a selfless spirit; his compositions walk a fine line between structure and freedom and any of the three instruments can take the lead or recede into the background at any time. Lurching unpredictably between stirring cacophony and wily precision, Open Loose rewrites the rules of jazz trio interaction even as they summon a sound rooted in jazz tradition. Highlights include the driving quasi-funk of "Mapa," the unison themes and frequent tempo shifts of "Startle" and "Pick and Roll," and the moody ballad "Gentle Ben."

-- David R. Adler

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released April 23, 2020

Mark Helias - bass, Tom Rainey - drums, Tony Malaby - Tenor Saxophone
Recorded on September 21, 2000 at The New School for Social Research, NYC
by John Rosenberg, Mastered at The Studio by Katherine Miller
Band Photography by Mephisto, Design and cover art by Brey Graphics Munich
All compositions by Mark Helias ©Radio Legs Music BMI All rights reserved

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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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