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BassDrumBone is a trio that has wedded the uniquness of it's instrumentation with the singular personality of it's three members. A true collective, their music combines three distinct compositional and improvisational approaches with an exceptional musical rapport. Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway and Ray Anderson began performing as a trio in the fall of 1977. Their first record, “Oahspe”, was released in 1979 on the Auricle Record label. Bob Rusch in his review of the record, wrote: “Exceptionally good music, fearlessly played and tightly coordinated. Recommended.”

In 1984 “Right Down your Alley” was released on Soul Note Records of Italy and in the beginning of 1986 “You Be” was released on the Minor Music label of Germany. Both records received acclaim from the European and American press including a five star review in Downbeat magazine for “You Be”.

Next in 1988 came “Wooferlo” which was released on the Soul Note label. Ben Watson of Wire Magazine commented: “Each musician has a story to tell, the solos are stuffed with event and happenstance”.

After 1988 the group went into a temporary dormancy while all three of its members pursued their own individual groups. In the fall of 1993 BassDrumBone became active again for a tour in Europe. A tour in 1996 yielded “Hence the Reason” (enj9222) and in March of 1999 BDB released some archival material from 1986-97 on an Auricle Records cd entitled “Cooked to Perfection”

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”Four decades on and still going strong, this venerable group, comprised of established musicians who share aesthetic outlooks and common histories, is something of a rarity by contemporary standards. Richly varied, The Long Road is a winning testament to their creative longevity.” —Troy Collins, All About Jazz

“The fused nature of the three words is much more than a syntactical gimmick; it represents a true melding of ideas, often a molten mix of lyricism, spritely elegance and vociferous invention that showcases not only individual virtuosity but a truly meaningful coming together for change.” —Raul da Gama, JazzdeGama

“The story keeps unfolding for this fabled trio that released its first outing in 1978

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Album The Long Road by BassDrumBone

The Long Road

Auricle Records
2016

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The Other Parade

Unknown label
2011

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Album The Line Up by BassDrumBone

The Line Up

Clean Feed Records
2007

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Album The Line Up by BassDrumBone

The Line Up

Clean Feed Records
2006

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March Of Dimes

Data Records
2002

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Cooked To Perfection

Auricle Records
1999

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