Mark Helias

COMPOSERS: Mark Helias
WORKS: Loopin’ the Cool
PERFORMER: Mark Helias (b); Tom Rainey (d); Epizo Bangoura (perc); Regina Carter (violin); Ellery Eskelin (ts)
CATALOGUE NO: ENJ 9049-2 (distr. New Note)
A sour-toned tenor swaps and shares choruses with a voluptuous violin; shuffling percussion is set off against snapping bass lines. This unlikely partnership makes surprisingly seductive improvised music, where spontaneity meets the blues. Well worth investigating. Garry Booth