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About Mark Helias

Too adventurous to be considered mainstream and too accessible to warrant the "avant-garde" tag, bassist Mark Helias is not really a fashionable name in either camp. He is, however, a respected composer/bandleader who has been very steady since releasing his first LPs in the mid-1980s. His records have always featured interesting soloists -- among them like-minded inside/outside players such as Ellery Eskelin, Ray Anderson and Tim Berne -- but the emphasis is really on his writing. His winding, bar-line-crossing melodies have a trademark sleeper quality, creeping up after a few listens and lodging themselves in your head. Interesting, intelligent music not to be overlooked by the lack of hype surrounding it.

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Listen toMark Heliason Napster

Too adventurous to be considered mainstream and too accessible to warrant the "avant-garde" tag, bassist Mark Helias is not really a fashionable name in either camp. He is, however, a respected composer/bandleader who has been very steady since releasing his first LPs in the mid-1980s. His records have always featured interesting soloists -- among them like-minded inside/outside players such as Ellery Eskelin, Ray Anderson and Tim Berne -- but the emphasis is really on his writing. His winding, bar-line-crossing melodies have a trademark sleeper quality, creeping up after a few listens and lodging themselves in your head. Interesting, intelligent music not to be overlooked by the lack of hype surrounding it.

About Mark Helias

Too adventurous to be considered mainstream and too accessible to warrant the "avant-garde" tag, bassist Mark Helias is not really a fashionable name in either camp. He is, however, a respected composer/bandleader who has been very steady since releasing his first LPs in the mid-1980s. His records have always featured interesting soloists -- among them like-minded inside/outside players such as Ellery Eskelin, Ray Anderson and Tim Berne -- but the emphasis is really on his writing. His winding, bar-line-crossing melodies have a trademark sleeper quality, creeping up after a few listens and lodging themselves in your head. Interesting, intelligent music not to be overlooked by the lack of hype surrounding it.

About Mark Helias

Too adventurous to be considered mainstream and too accessible to warrant the "avant-garde" tag, bassist Mark Helias is not really a fashionable name in either camp. He is, however, a respected composer/bandleader who has been very steady since releasing his first LPs in the mid-1980s. His records have always featured interesting soloists -- among them like-minded inside/outside players such as Ellery Eskelin, Ray Anderson and Tim Berne -- but the emphasis is really on his writing. His winding, bar-line-crossing melodies have a trademark sleeper quality, creeping up after a few listens and lodging themselves in your head. Interesting, intelligent music not to be overlooked by the lack of hype surrounding it.