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Mary Halvorson: Code Girl

Read "Code Girl" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Those familiar with guitarist Mary Halvorson's numerous projects have become well-acquainted with the idiosyncratic, unorthodox, sometimes cerebral approach she takes to her craft. Halvorson's compositions are consistently thoughtful but rarely predictable and her improvising is similarly distinctive, so expecting the unexpected is par for the course. Even so, the breadth of Halvorson's interests and influences can ...

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Tomas Fujiwara: Triple Double

Read "Triple Double" reviewed by John Sharpe

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara's dynamite new outfit Triple Double deploys the cream of the NYC scene in three instrumental pairings, a mini musical Noah's Ark if you will. Marching ahead are the trumpet and cornet of Ralph Alessi and Taylor Ho Bynum respectively, flanked by the twin guitars of Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook, with Fujiwara bringing ...

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Tomas Fujiwara: Triple Double

Read "Triple Double" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

La più popolare delle forme musicali nordamericane -il blues -introdotta da due delle chitarre meno convenzionali in circolazione, disturbata da un paio di trombe che proprio canoniche non sono e da una coppia di poderose batterie che sostengono e il tutto. È questo l'incipit di Triple Double e i dieci minuti abbondanti di «Diving for Quarters» ...

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Tomas Fujiwara: Triple Double

Read "Triple Double" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara is all over the progressive jazz map the past several years as a member of Thumbscrew with guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Michael Formanek amid support duties for poll-winning flutist Nicole Mitchell and a host of disparate projects and recordings. Here, Fujiwara assembles a double trio lineup, featuring Halvorson and other notables that ...

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Tomas Fujiwara: Triple Double

Read "Triple Double" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The ninety seconds of scattershot guitar nicks that introduce “Diving For Quarters" can be seen as something of a trial by noodling. If you make it through that rough and prickly patch mentally intact, you're in for a treat. Asymmetrical grooving in fifteen, puckered brass glances, winding horn melodies, and stormy ensemble assaults all follow as ...

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Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You

Read "Away With You" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

La band è stellare -vi troviamo alcuni dei più quotati improvvisatori della scena newyorchese -la leadership discreta ma autorevole, la scrittura sorprendente, il risultato finale mozzafiato. Dal solo al settetto, Mary Halvorson aveva già avuto modo di mettere in mostra il proprio talento, cresciuto alla scuola di Mr. Anthony Braxton, ma l'ottetto (formazione ibrida ambigua per ...

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Anthony Braxton: 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011

Read "3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

There is little in the extensive catalog of Anthony Braxton that falls into a customary compositional milieu. His more recently formed conceptual structure, Echo Echo Mirror House (circa 2011), succeeds Ghost Trance Music and Diamond Curtain Wall Music as a platform for his unique system of coded composing and improvising. On 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011, each ...

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Le Rex: Wild Man / Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba

Read "Le Rex: Wild Man / Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Due organici praticamente identici (fiati + batteria) con un ruolo importante riservato alla tuba.

Sembrano lontani i tempi in cui questo strumento aveva ritrovato agilità e stupore, sotto le dita di Howard Johnson o Bob Stewart. Ora i fremiti bassi e rugosi dell'ottone glorioso sono esaltati nei ritmi delle musiche di Henry Threadgill ...

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Nate Wooley: Argonautica

Read "Argonautica" reviewed by Troy Collins

Argonautica reveals a subtle new facet in Nate Wooley's eclectic discography. A celebrated leader of the new trumpet scene, Wooley has expanded the instrument's language by incorporating innovative extended techniques into his bold improvisations. Most of his work has fallen under the banner of lower-case improv, noise or advanced post-bop, but little of his prior output ...

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Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You

Read "Away With You" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This debut octet outing led by guitarist Mary Halvorson is packed with an all-star team, featuring alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, bassist John Hébert and other notables. However, one of the differentiators is the addition of pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, who pushes the envelope above and beyond standard fare, sans the traditional Country music element. As ...