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Mary Halvorson Quintet: Bending Bridges

Read "Bending Bridges" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Ex allieva di Anthony Braxton, Mary Halvorson ha l'aspetto da prima della classe, di quelle compagne con la mano sempre alzata. Ma, come si sa, le apparenze ingannano, e la bionda chitarrista di Boston non solo i suoi talenti li ha coltivati per bene ma li ha condivisi con una serie infinita di musicisti noti e ...

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Mary Halvorson Quintet: Bending Bridges

Read "Bending Bridges" reviewed by Troy Collins


The widely celebrated 2010 debut of Mary Halvorson's Quintet, Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12), confirmed the young guitarist's growing reputation with a selection of urbane compositions as impressive as her idiosyncratic improvisations. Bending Bridges expands upon the previous album's concepts, offering further proof of Halvorson's burgeoning talent, reinforced by an even greater sense of accord within the ...

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Mary Halvorson Quintet: Bending Bridges

Read "Bending Bridges" reviewed by John Sharpe


For the sophomore effort from her quintet, guitarist Mary Halvorson reprises the winning formula of Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12, 2010). Again, there is a mix of pieces for the full ensemble and for Halvorson in trio; and, again, the end result defies classification, touching on spidery improv, jazz tradition and avant rock in a cleverly idiosyncratic ...

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Mary Halvorson Quintet: Saturn Sings

Read "Saturn Sings" reviewed by John Sharpe


Guitarist Mary Halvorson has graduated, summa cum laude, from the Anthony Braxton academy to become a hot ticket, popping up in ensembles as diverse as Thirteenth Assembly, Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House, Marc Ribot's Sun Ship and Crackleknob. And now, the adventurous Firehouse 12 imprint has released the keenly awaited followup to her debut as leader, Dragon's Head ...

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Mary Halvorson Quintet: Saturn Sings

Read "Saturn Sings" reviewed by Nic Jones


One of the things that make Mary Halvorson's music so distinctive is the sense of flux which ensures that every release under the guitarist's own name seems like a report back from musical territories as yet uncharted. Making Saturn Sings something of a milestone, as the addition of horns might have had a ...


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