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The collective trio BassDrumBone celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017 !!

"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 (Jan 4, 2017)

"The story keeps unfolding for this fabled trio that released its first outing in 1978. With rest stops along the way, the musicians' synergy remains as a source of amazement, coupled with their perpetual creative sparks that sculpt a route embedded with fresh concepts and supreme musicianship." Glenn Astarita JazzReview.com

"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 November 2016 AllAboutJazz


At Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC, NY February 2016

BDB @ Cornelia 2016

All three of us have agreed to temporarily suspend our independent projects in favor of featuring BassDrumBone performance bookings during our anniversary in 2017.

We are currently planning for performances in Europe during:
July & August of 2017
and
October 19 - November 5th, 2017
with the possibility that this fall period could begin earlier and/or end later depending on offers we receive.

We are working on festivals inthe US & Canada in June and July primarily. We wish to visit as many festivals, cities and concert possibilities as possible in 2017 and will balance this with our European appearances. We will be at the 2017 Chicago festival (late August /early Sept).

BassDrumBone completed a new recording in early August of 2016. The recording presents new work for the trio but also includes something we have never done before. As this is a special occassion we also invited two special guests on the recording who are featured in quartet arrangements of new and previous works for BassDrumBone. Our guests for this special recording were Joe Lovano and Jason Moran. The record will be released on November 15, 2016 to coordinate with efforts to promote our touring initiatives. A short promotional film about the recording here.
Info about the release will be here.



BassDrumBone - The Long Road

"...brimming with a telepathy indicative of the threesome's long journey as kindred spirits * * * * (4 stars) Bradley Bambarger, March 2017 Downbeat Magazine

"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 November 2016 AllAboutJazz

"Indeed, the group improvisation that introduces the 18-minute “The Line Up” shows the group indulging in the kind of extended listen-and-respond collective improvisation that they frequently eschew in the studio. All three musicians are masters of the kind of free improv that draws as much on contemporary classical music as it does on the blues, and they also stand apart by having the taste to vary the approach frequently and return to a compelling rhythmic foundation to counter the free-floating instrumental dialogue". . . . James Hale Soundstage Xperience! Jan 2017

"Ein sehr erfreuliches Comeback einer der wenigen „Supergroups“ des Jazz."
"A very gratifying comeback of one of the few "Supergroups" of jazz."
(Haun) FreiStil #70

Best releases (Top Ten) of 2016:

Troy Collins : All About Jazz
Robert Bush NBCSanDiego

 

six excerpts from the "The Long Road" (release date November 15, 2016

The Long Road - BassDrumBone

Excerpts from "The Long Road" BassDrumBone w/ guests Jason Moran and Joe Lovano (Auricle 16/17 - Release date November 15, 2016)

1. Oh Yeah (Ray Anderson) - BassDrumBone 1:29
2. Bunglelow (Mark Helias) - BassDrumBone w/ Jason Moran 1:23
3. Cherry Pickin (Gerry Hemingway) - BassDrumBone w/ Joe Lovano 2:50
4. The Line Up (Mark Helias) - BassDrumBone (live) 3:54
5. BluRay (Ray Anderson) - BassDrumBone w/ Joe Lovano 2:52
6. Different Cities (Gerry Hemingway) BassDrumBone
2:36

The CD is now AVAILABLE for purchase!!! You can contact Auricle Records directly here
And we offer the following digital options:

iTunes goobc

more info on the recording here


Video of BassDrumBone performing "Insistent" (Ray Anderson)

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Video of BassDrumBone performing "Pork" (Gerry Hemingway)

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Video of BassDrumBone performing "Limbo" (Mark Helias) & Show Tuck (Gerry Hemingway) in 2015

Excerpt from a Performance at Serralves in Porto, Portugal of "The Other Parade" in 2012


excerpts from the two most recent recordings ...

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Excerpts from "The Other Parade" BassDrumBone (Clean Feed 220)

1. Show Tuck (Gerry Hemingway) 3:17
2. Blue Light Down the Line (Mark Helias) 3:01
3. King Louisian (Ray Anderson) 2:59

Lineup cover

Excerpts from "The Line Up" BassDrumBone (Clean Feed 065)

1. Insistent (Ray Anderson) 2:14
2. Rainbow (Gerry Hemingway) 2:48
3. 1,2,3 (Mark Helias) 3:24


BassDrumBone EPK for US & Canadian promoters

BassDrumBone EPK for European promoters



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