Thomas Helton | Experimentations In Minimalism

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Experimentations In Minimalism

by Thomas Helton

Experimental composition with improvisation
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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1. Selfish Shellfish
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2. Pious ( Clarinet)
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3. Experimentations In Minimalism I
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4. Experimentations In Minimalism II
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5. Experimentations In Minimalism III
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6. Pious (Trombone)
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8. Pious (Trumpet)
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After several years on the road with various artists, Thomas moved back to his hometown of Houston. He is currently bassist with some of Houston's finest jazz artists including Carol Morgan, Larry Slezak, Joe LoCascio, Gary Norian and Mike Nase. He is a top call bassist in the Houston traditional jazz community, but his interests extend into the realm of the avant/garde.

Currently, Thomas is performing regularly in the Houston/Austin/Dallas area as in a solo setting. His first CD, "Doublebass" is a compilation of a six-month solo engagement at Cafe Artiste in Houston, and was released in April of 2003. It has received airplay and positive reviews in the press in both in the U.S. and Europe.
He is also a contributing member to the modern/avant-garde group The Rosta Jazz Avengers which also includes John Edward Ross, Seth Paynter and Richard Cholakian. Additionally, he has performed recently with pianist Robert Boston, the Pauline Oliveros Ensemble, Cyberglass and Column "F." Additionally, he is an active member of the Baytown Symphony, the Pasadena Philharmonic and the Woodland Symphony..

Thomas' influences range from traditional greats such as Oscar Peterson, John Coltrane, Paul Chambers and Miles Davis to more modern/experimental giants such as Peter Kowald, Evan Parker, William Parker, Matthew Shipp and John Zorn. He has studied with Shelly Berg, Eric Late and Bruce Dudley at SJCC and Dennis Whitaker at the Moores School of Music. He has performed with such jazz greats as, Tim Hagens, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander, Tony Malaby, Mark Elf and Ernie Watts. Although "traditional jazz" is a major part of his career, he feels drawn to the possibilities of "free" or "experimental" playing.

Thomas Helton is a musician committed to constant evolution and growth, based on a strong knowledge of those that have preceded him.


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Michele Brangwen

Hauntingly Beautiful Music Played by Musicians Dedicated to the Style
The music on “Experimentations in Minimalism” ranges from the hauntingly beautiful to the intensely exuberant. The compositions in their abstraction speak volumes, which is the magic of this style of music. The musicians, all accomplished and technically proficient, give powerful performances that bring out the endless possibilities inherent in this genre of music. There is no lacking in emotional weight, richness of sound, or energy. This is a terrific CD.