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by John Sharpe
The Thirteenth AssemblyVortex Jazz ClubLondon, UKOctober 30, 2011 As George the announcer intimated, a lot of people had been waiting a long time for tonight's concert at north London's Vortex Jazz Club. Not only because of the stellar cast list uniting four of the most exciting talents on New York's jazz and improvised music scene, but also because the performance initially had been scheduled in June, before being postponed until now. As it happened, ...read more
by Sean Patrick Fitzell
The Thirteenth Assembly was founded as a touring collective that appeals to promoters' predilection for booking multiple acts on a single night. Guitarist Mary Halvorson, violist Jessica Pavone, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and drummer Tomas Fujiwara have longstanding duo and trio permutations and to end their concerts, they convene as a quartet and have forged a distinct identity from the subgroups within. Halvorson's brief, wistful Unfinished Ballad" opens the CD, but Pavone's Army of Strangers" is a better ...read more
by Troy Collins
Originally conceived as a touring collective consisting of smaller units sharing common personnel, the Thirteenth Assembly features some of today's brightest talent: cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum; violist Jessica Pavone; guitarist Mary Halvorson; and drummer Tomas Fujiwara--all notable band leaders in the new Brooklyn scene.
A fountainhead of creative improvised music, Brooklyn is witness to countless transitory ensembles and ad-hoc line-ups. What separates the Thirteenth Assembly from similar efforts are its deep roots. No less than three veteran units ...read more