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.
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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