Atlanta-based Helton and Bragg are a free-spirited, improvisatory duo who thrill at combining disparate ideas and creating compelling, real-time compositions. In Blake Helton's facile drumming one can detect both Rasheid Ali's free-flowing colorations and the motorik R&B of Can's Jaki Liebezeit. Although Colin Bragg enjoys the odd Hendrix-esque guitar tear, his penchant for dreamy melodies and trance-inducing blues fits perfectly within the duo's stream-of-consciousness sets. Their mutual enthusiasm for classic electronic music yields further dimensions - one can imagine finding Helton and Bragg filed under 'Future Jazz Impressionism' in some imminent, dystopian bargain bin.
Their latest release Still Life with Knife imagines the moody, synth-drenched soundtrack for an unrealized Italian giallo film, composed by an anonymous collective simply known as Knife.
Reveling in spontaneous composition, immersive sound design, and kinetic jazz interplay.
Respecting our influences and building on what they continue to teach us.