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Mary Halvorson Septet: Illusionary Sea

Read "Mary Halvorson Septet: Illusionary Sea" reviewed by Phil Barnes


In 2009 Mary Halvorson was asked how relevant she felt that the word 'jazz' was to musicians of her generation. Her response was telling “Oh, I think about jazz all the time and although I don't play the traditional forms, I call myself a 'jazz musician.'.. trying to integrate everything into my own language." The corollary ...

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Mary Halvorson Septet: Illusionary Sea

Read "Illusionary Sea" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


L'attuale settetto di Mary Halvorson inserisce un trombone e un sax tenore sul nucleo a cinque voci ascoltato, fra l'altro, all'ultimo Bergamo Jazz. I due strumenti aggiunti non fanno ovviamente che allargare quello spettro timbrico e dinamico che in una musica come questa, in cui l'elemento compositivo è assolutamente centrale, assume un'importanza-chiave. La cosa che può ...

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Mary Halvorson Septet: Illusionary Sea

Read "Illusionary Sea" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Guitarist Mary Halvorson's signature sound and methodologies have been making an impact within avant-garde and progressive-jazz circles on a global basis. Illusionary Sea marks the debut of her septet, comprised of impressionable players often residing at the forefront of the newer kindling of what may loosely be classified as jazz. Here, like minds coalesce for an ...

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Mary Halvorson Septet: Illusionary Sea

Read "Illusionary Sea" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Guitarist Mary Halvorson's Illusionary Sea is rich and intriguing filled with contrasting yet complementary motifs and patterns. Leading a septet of versatile and idiosyncratic musicians, Halvorson deftly entwines divergent musical threads into an elegant musical tapestry that bears her distinctive mark without overshadowing her band mates' individuality.The elaborately constructed pieces allow ample room for ...


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