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John Cratchley Three of Contemporary Jazz's great players,all band leaders in their own right,come together in a long-serving trio to give a masterclass of cutting edge interplay and extended technique...this music is all about abandoning ego for me...listening to each other intently,responding in the moment,building a collective response to musical ideas...recognising each others strengths and challenging them to achieve even greater outcomes.
We sometimes forget,perhaps,how profound a process this demands our full attention.

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Ca Vous Gene 04:26
Largesse 03:02
Post Post 06:33
Vocalise 06:09
Soliloquy 04:21
End Point 06:30
Brothers 05:07
Fast Feast 02:59
Motoric 04:38
Temoine 03:09
Initialize 06:15


Intakt CD 245

Everybody who is slightly interested in modern jazz knows the name of Mark Helias. The American double bass player has worked with everyone from Ed Blackwell, Don Cherry and Carlos Ward to Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams and Cecil Taylor.

With Tom Rainey (dr) and Tony Malady (ts), Helias founded the trio OPEN LOOSE in 1996 to play his compositions which allow open form improvisation.

As the three musicians get familiar with the pieces they recompose them on the bandstand. "The most interesting developments come when we start altering the compositions in a creative way, maintaining the spirit of the piece but taking it somewhere else, into an unimagined place," says Helias. "Every time we come together it's different, it's new and wonderful."



released February 10, 2015

Mark Helias: Bass,
Tony Malaby: Saxophone
Tom Rainey: Drums

Mark Helias: Radiolegs Music BMI, Tony Malaby: Chubasco Music SESAC, Tom Rainey: Rhydm Bidness (BMI). Recorded July 22, 2014 by Michael Brorby at Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn NY. Mixed August, 2014 by Mark Helias at Radio Legs Studio, NY. Mastered by James C. Hemingway. Coverart & graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Liner notes: Christoph Wagner. Photo: Juan Carlos Hernandez.
Executive producer: Anja Illmaier. Produced and published by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt.


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