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  • Titus Toledo @2:11AM, 2015-08-17 Share | Link |
    Tags: improv, jazz, mary halvorson,   

    Mary Halvorson Quintet 

    Via NPR Music

    Guitarist Mary Halvorson didn’t come to this standard practice just by playing standards. As a sidewoman, she’s often tapped to play in open improvising situations; her mentors include the unclassifiable composer Anthony Braxton and the free-jazz guitarist/bassist Joe Morris. Among her sonic signatures are craggy distortions, bent strings and delay-pedaled blurts through a hollow-body guitar.

    Yet Halvorson has now recorded two albums with her quintet, one with alto saxophone (Jon Irabagon) and trumpet (Jonathan Finlayson) up top. (The rhythm section is also among New York’s finest, with John Hebert on bass and Ches Smith on drums.) From the way her songs balance order and entropy, you can hear that she’s studied how golden-era hard bop blended those voices, and how later generations morphed, rephrased and imploded those ideas.

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  • Titus Toledo @1:24AM, 2015-05-22 Share | Link |
    Tags: jazz, , sountrip, theolonius monk   

    The Best of Thelonious Monk 

    “The Complete Riverside Recordings,” a fifteen-disk set being rereleased this week, tells a musical story that is as much about Monk as it is about that era of jazz.

    Read the rest: The Best of Thelonious Monk – The New Yorker

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