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Mary Halvorson

The success of her acclaimed 2008 debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), led critics to call Ms. Halvorson “probably the most original jazz guitarist to emerge this decade” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader) and “the freshest, busiest, most critically acclaimed guitar-slinger out of downtown Manhattan/Brooklyn right now” (Howard Mandel, Jazz Beyond Jazz).

“A singular talent,” adds AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins, “Brooklyn-based guitarist Mary Halvorson has come into her own as a composer and improviser…light years ahead of her peers, she is the most impressive guitarist of her generation. The future of jazz guitar starts here.”

Album

Everything Happens To Be.

Label: BAG Production
Released: 2021
Track listing: What About; 21; Fred Hampton; Everything Happens To Be.; Cold Weather; Chorale Type; Tomas Plays the Drums; Long Last Moment; To-Ron-To; Abide With Me

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Article: Album Review

Ben Goldberg: Everything Happens To Be.

Read "Everything Happens To Be." reviewed by John Chacona


The music of Ben Goldberg seems to come from a place outside of time--or maybe it comes from several times simultaneously. Maybe it's the instruments he chooses; while the clarinet family has been on the comeback trail in jazz for a quarter century, it's a sound that invariably invokes the New Orleans of a century ago. ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto


After the initial shock of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown, artists did what artists do. Unable to tour, many musicians created solo projects. Musicians, like other sentient beings though, crave contact, so when some of the most severe restrictions lifted, duos were formed and production returned. These small positive steps (note: some were recorded before ...

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Article: Album Review

Ches Smith’s We All Break: Path of Seven Colors

Read "Path of Seven Colors" reviewed by Vic Albani


Il fatto che da qualche anno la produzione discografica non sia più nelle strette mani delle multinazionali sta man mano aprendo infinite possibilità per gli artisti più creativi e, quantomeno in questo caso, ai nomi collegabili all'avanguardia. Oramai la situazione è chiarissima per i fruitori della stessa (in breve, a noi ascoltatori). Si brindi ...

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Article: Album Review

Ches Smith / We All Break: Path of Seven Colors

Read "Path of Seven Colors" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


For some time, drummer/composer Ches Smith kept his interest in the Voudou music of Haiti at bay. Recognizing himself as an outsider in that world, he researched, listened, studied, and after years brought a project to fruition. Smith's group We All Break released their self-titled, self-produced debut in 2017 and received less attention than deserved. Now ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Pt. 1

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Pt. 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Part 1 | Part 2 The entire world was in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis and of course, that includes musicians. Unable to tour and record with their various ensembles, many prepared solo projects (some recorded before the virus struck) for your listening pleasure. Most of the music is very personal, as if the ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Matt Clark

Read "Take Five with Matt Clark" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Matt Clark I'm a guitarist and composer from Brighton, England. My career has spanned 35 years, encompassing genres as broad as jazz, blues, alternative, experimental, and electronic music. The year of COVID-19 and lockdown has been both testing and inspiring. Lack of live music and in-person collaboration has meant rethinking my musical output. ...

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Article: Radio

Sana Nagano, John Zorn, Sam Gendel, Zane Carney & More New Releases

Read "Sana Nagano, John Zorn, Sam Gendel, Zane Carney & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We kick off this episode of Mondo Jazz with another gem from Georgia Anne Muldrow and land with John Zorn and the first (of what will certainly be many) box set dedicated to his delightful Bagatelles. In the middle, a mini-section on the Palladino bass-dynasty which acts as a bridge between two of the hot scenes ...

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Article: Live Review

Alternative Guitar Summit 2021

Read "Alternative Guitar Summit 2021" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Alternative Guitar Summit New York, NY March 20-21, 2021 The Alternative Guitar Summit was founded in 2010 by guitarist/composer Joel Harrison. Every year it has included a Music Camp with Master Classes by notable guitarists, and a Music Festival featuring a wide array of guitar styles. In this pandemic year the decision ...


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