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Instruments  Double bass
Genres  Jazz
Name  Mark Helias
Website  Mark Helias.com/

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Born  1 October 1950 (age 65) New Brunswick, New Jersey United States (1950-10-01)
Occupation(s)  Musician, Composer, Educator
Associated acts  Ray Anderson, Slickaphonics, Gerry Hemingway, BassDrumBone, Anthony Braxton, Dewey Redman, Marty Ehrlich
Role  Bass player · markhelias.com
Albums  Corporate Art, New School, Strange Unison
Education  Yale University, Rutgers University
Similar People  Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey, Gerry Hemingway, Ray Anderson, Barry Altschul

Record labels  Enja Records, E1 Music

Marilyn Crispell, Mark Helias, Tyshawn Sorey - at The Stone, NYC - July 29 2014


Mark Helias (born October 1, 1950) is an American jazz double bass player and composer born in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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He did not begin playing the double bass until the age of 20, graduating from Yale University's School of Music with a Masters degree in 1976. He has also studied at Rutgers University. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, The New School, and SIM (School for Improvised Music).

Helias has performed with a wide variety of musicians, first and foremost with trombonist Ray Anderson, with whom he led the ironic 1980s avant-funk band Slickaphonics, and a trio with Gerry Hemingway on drums, formed in the late 1970s, later named BassDrumBone, and continuing to play together. Besides Helias performed with the previous members of Ornette Colemans original band, Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, and Ed Blackwell, just as with musicians affiliated with the AACM, such as Anthony Braxton, Anthony Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Julius Hemphill. Furthermore, he played with Cecil Taylor, Marilyn Crispell, Simon Nabatov, and reed players Oliver Lake, Carlos Ward, Arthur Blythe, Don Byron, and Marty Ehrlich, whereas less usual were performances with Abbey Lincoln, Mose Allison, and J.B. Horns.

Since 1984 Mark Helias has released six recordings under his own name and further six albums leading the archetypal improvising trio Open Loose since 1996. The group comprises Helias on bass, first Ellery Eskelin, then Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone and Tom Rainey on drums.

Recognition/Awards

  • 2010 - American Composers Orchestra Reading Commission,
  • 2007 - Chamber Music America Grant for New Works,
  • 2006 - Distinguished Alumnus Award Livingston College,
  • 1991 - Meet the Composer/Readers Digest Commission,
  • 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2000 - Arts International Travel Grant,
  • 1988, 1994 - NYFA Grant in Music Composition,
  • 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995 - NEA Grant in Jazz Performance,
  • 1981 - CAPS Grant in Music Composition,
  • As leader

  • Fictionary (GM Recordings, 1998)
  • Loopin’ the Cool (Enja, 1995)
  • Attack the Future (Enja, 1992)
  • Desert Blue (Enja, 1989)
  • The Current Set (Enja, 1987)
  • Split Image (Enja, 1984)
  • With Open Loose

  • The Signal Maker (Intakt, 2015)
  • Explicit - Live at the Sunset (Marge, 2011)
  • Strange Unison (Radio Legs, 2008)
  • Atomic Clock (Radio Legs, 2006)
  • Verbs of Will (Radio Legs, 2004)
  • New School (Enja, 2001) Tony Malaby replaces Eskelin
  • Come Ahead Back... (E1 Music/Koch Jazz, 1998) with Ellery Eskelin and Tom Rainey
  • Collaborations

    With Sophia Domancich and Andrew Cyrille

  • Courtepointe - Live at the Sunside (Marge, 2012)
  • With Terrence McManus and Gerry Hemingway

  • Transcendental Numbers (NoBusiness, 2011)
  • With Michael Moore, Alex Maguire, and Han Bennink

  • White Widow (Ramboy, 2001)
  • With Mark Dresser

  • The Marks Brothers (De Werf, 2000)
  • With Daniele D'Agaro and U.T. Gandhi

  • Gentle Ben (Nota, 1999)
  • With Christy Doran, Bobby Previte, Gary Thomas

  • Corporate Art (JMT, 1991)
  • With Slickaphonics

  • Live (Teldec, 1988)
  • Check Your Head at the Door (Teldec, 1986)
  • Humatomic Energy (Blue Heron, 1985)
  • Modern Life (Enja, 1984)
  • Wow Bag (Enja, 1982)
  • With Ray Anderson and Gerry Hemingway a.k.a. BassDrumBone

  • The Other Parade (Clean Feed, 2011)
  • The Line Up (Clean Feed, 2006)
  • March of Dimes (Data, 2002)
  • (Hence the Reason) (Enja, 1997)
  • Wooferlo (Soul Note, 1989) first album as BassDrumBone
  • Cooked to Perfection (Auricle, 1999; Compilation of rec. from 1986, 1987, and 1996)
  • You Be (Minor Music, 1986)
  • Oahspe (Auricle, 1979)
  • As sideman

    With Ralph Alessi and Modular Theatre

  • Open Season (RKM Music, 2008)
  • With Barry Altschul

  • Irina (Soul Note, 1983)
  • Brahma (Sackville, 1980)
  • Somewhere Else (Moers Music, 1979)
  • With Ray Anderson

  • Wishbone (Justin Time, 1991)
  • Right Down Your Alley (Soul Note, 1984)
  • With the Ed Blackwell Project

  • Vol.1: What It Is? (Enja, 1993)
  • Vol.2: What It Be Like? (Enja, 1994)
  • With Jane Ira Bloom

  • Wingwalker (Outline, 2010)
  • Mental Weather (Outline, 2008)
  • With Anthony Braxton

  • Six Compositions: Quartet (Antilles, 1982)
  • Quintet (Basel) 1977 (hatOLOGY, 2001)
  • With Marilyn Crispell

  • Storyteller (ECM, 2003)
  • With Franco D'Andrea

  • Sei brani inediti (Red, 1991)
  • No Idea of Time (Red, 1984)
  • My One and Only Love (Red, 1983)
  • With Anthony Davis

  • Song for the Old World (India Navigation, 1978)
  • With Benoît Delbecq Unit

  • Benoît Delbecq and Fred Hersch Double Trio - Fun House (Songlines, 2013)
  • Phonetics (Songlines, 2005)
  • With Paul Dunmall Sun Quartet

  • Ancient and Future Airs (Clean Feed, 2009)
  • With Marty Ehrlich

  • The Long View (Enja, 2002)
  • Dark Woods Ensemble – Sojourn (Tzadik, 1999)
  • Dark Woods Ensemble – Live Wood (Music & Arts, 1997)
  • Dark Woods Ensemble – Just Before the Dawn (New World, 1995)
  • With Ricardo Gallo's Tierra de Nadie

  • The Great Fine Line (Clean Feed, 2011)
  • With Dennis González NY Quartet

  • Dance of the Soothsayer’s Tongue (Live at Tonic) (Clean Feed, 2007)
  • NY Midnight Suite (Clean Feed, 2004)
  • With Jerome Harris

  • Algorithms (Minor, 1986)
  • With Gerry Hemingway

  • The Whimbler (Clean Feed, 2005)
  • Outerbridge Crossing (Sound Aspects, 1989)
  • Kwambe (Auricle, 1978)
  • With Peter Herborn

  • Traces of Trane (JMT, 1992)
  • With David Lopato

  • Inside Outside (Enemy, 1991)
  • With Joe Lovano

  • Rush Hour (Blue Note, 1994)
  • With Michael Moore

  • Bering (Ramboy, 1998)
  • Chicoutimi (Ramboy, 1994)
  • Home Game (Ramboy, 1992)
  • With Simon Nabatov

  • The Master and Margarita (Leo, 2001)
  • Tough Customer (Enja, 1993)
  • With Operazone (Bill Laswell-Alan Douglas-Karl Berger-Project)

  • The Redesign (Knitting Factory, 2000)
  • With Jim Pepper

  • Comin' and Goin' (Europa, 1983)
  • With Bobby Previte

  • Music of the Moscow Circus (Gramavision, 1991)
  • With Enrico Rava

  • Flat Fleet (Philology, 2005)
  • With Dewey Redman

  • The Struggle Continues (ECM, 1982)
  • Musics (Galaxy, 1978)
  • Soundsigns (Galaxy, 1978)
  • With Joe Rosenberg

  • Do What We Must Do (CIMP, 2002)
  • With Samo Salamon

  • Government Cheese (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2007; rec. 2004)
  • Two Hours (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2006; rec. 2004)
  • With Dave Schnitter

  • Glowing (Muse, 1981)
  • References

    Mark Helias Wikipedia


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