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Some Kind of Tomorrow

by Jane Ira Bloom and Mark Helias

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musiclover02 I enjoy this album because it makes my mind feel calm and relaxed by listening to a dynamic duo
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georgiannakrieger This duet captures a moment in time when technology was a life saver for musicians. Jane Ira Bloom has log been a favorite saxophonist of mine and here she shines with expressive lines and shimmering tone.
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catherinesmusic Jane and Mark are jazz greats. I’ve been devoted to Jane Ira Bloom’s gifted artistry for 40 years. I was introduced to Helias’ work and it’s pleasures when he first connected with Jane. This purely improvisational project is what can happen when two deeply gifted musician/composers join forces across what is, for now, a physical divide: virtual and harmonious synchronicity! Catherine Hyland
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Magic Carpet 07:04
Early Rites 04:24
Willing 05:50
Roughing It 09:28
Drift 04:56
Star Talk 05:18
First Canvas 01:02


Some Kind of Tomorrow

We didn’t have to write anything.
We didn’t have to plan anything.
We didn’t even have to talk.
We just had to play -
to connect with each other
across a distance in whatever way we could
because we had to.
It was just too hard to be a sound alone.
A sound needed another sound
- and so Mark & I began.

“Here are the improvised duets that bassist Mark Helias and I created in the spring, summer, and fall of 2020 on the internet. The thought of a world without a live, spontaneous musical connection was too hard to imagine and so we came to these sessions over the internet with an emotional thirst that’s hard to describe. The music is discovered in the moment in a way that I’ve never recorded before. The sound is filled with everything that we felt and couldn’t say in words. There is a vibration between us that’s uncanny given the circumstances and a deep need to play what was real to us just then. It’s as real as it gets for two musicians who needed to create music together to try to find some way to mend the world.”

Jane Ira Bloom

“In unprecedented times artists resort to unprecedented strategies to fulfill the need to create and relate. Being locked down has reframed my appreciation of the act of musical interaction and reaffirmed the decision that I made decades ago to explore music as a life’s work. The first time that Jane and I improvised together through Wi-Fi sometime in April or May 2020 was a very high experience on so many levels. We were sorting out the possibilities of making music remotely and assessing the technology and our relation to it. Once we made peace with the situation and the medium, listening, feeling, hearing and responding was the same as it ever was. Without a live audience we decided to complete the circle by documenting our efforts through recordings that we are now sharing with the public. This process has been enlivening in ways that I had not anticipated.”

Mark Helias


released January 7, 2021

Jane Ira Bloom - soprano saxophone
Mark Helias - double bass

© 2020 All compositions by Mark Helias & Jane Ira Bloom

Mark Helias Radio Legs Music/BMI
Jane Ira Bloom Outline Music/ BMI

Recorded by Mark Helias & Jane Ira Bloom
Mixed & mastered by Mark Helias at Chateau Beyond
Cover Photography - Claudia Barritt
Cover Design - Mark Helias

Special thanks: Joe Grifasi, Jim Anderson, Ulrike Schwarz, & Jill C. Herbert, Claudia Barritt


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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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