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Verbs of Will

by Mark Helias

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Detonation 03:58
Relic 02:12
How 'Bout It 07:50
King Judas 04:46
AKA 06:18
Anagram 05:23
Hegemony 04:15
Ekman 05:31


Seventeen days on the road
Motel 6 to Motel 6
Where lives in transition meet Pigboy and Biff
American archetypes – the rough underbelly
Mexican food/American fare
Carnitas, tamales, Carne Seca to spare

We see desert and dust, Emus and lizards
Teachin' and Preachin' 'bout makin' a livin'
In beer soaked basements where possibilities surprised
The New Troubadours, existentially casting
a net to the cosmos and sharing those trys
with the younger ones, burning so bright in the eyes

The northern redwoods, adjusted our view and hue and cry
in a way that made us hear new and differently
The weather report was constantly changing
and Jimi retold a story in a way I had never heard before

Makes you realize that ears get much better with age,
and the more you listen the more you see
that verbs of will in an unsure world
give credence to hope, not useless cooing

Whatever it takes to keep those eyes bright,
I know that the difference is in the doing.


released November 6, 2020

Recorded at Context Studios – Brooklyn NY, 11.01.2002
recording engineer – John Rosenberg
mixed by Mark Helias at Radio Legs Music, NYC
mastered by Katherine Miller at The Studio, NYC
Cover Image – Robert Lewis
Thanks to the musicians, John Rosenberg, Time Berne, Steve Byram, Ed Montgomery, Sancha, Jessica Felix, Phillip Greenlief and all those folks who come to the gigs and help us develop the music.


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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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