Halvorson, Mary Quintet / Bending Bridges
Album:Bending Bridges Collection:Jazz
Artist:Halvorson, Mary Quintet Added:Jun 2012
Label:Firehouse 12 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-06-30 Pull Date:2012-09-02 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Sep 2Aug 26Aug 12Aug 5Jul 29Jul 22Jul 15Jul 8

Recent Airplay
1.May 20, 2016:Rebop
Sea Cut Like Snow (No. 26)
4.Aug 28, 2012:Rebop
The Periphery Of Scandal (No. 23), Love In Eight Colors (No. 21)
2.Aug 15, 2014:Rebop
All The Clocks (No. 29)
5.Aug 24, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
All The Clocks (No. 29)
3.Sep 01, 2012:Feral Jazz/Pop Frenzy
Hemorrhaging Smiles (No. 25)
6.Aug 21, 2012:Rebop
All The Clocks (No. 29)

Album Review
Reviewed 2012-06-15 
Firehouse 12, 2012

Mary Halvorson : guitar
Jonathan Finlayson : trumpet
Jon Irabagon : alto sax
John Hébert : bass
Ches Smith : drums

AVANT-JAZZ – Nobody else sounds like guitarist Mary Halvorson: loose and angular, her stinging, wobbly chords can slice you up or make you think, running amok like a berserk robot or oozing slowly through oblique melodies. This is her second CD leading a quintet, top improvisers all, and its full of surreal vistas, rock-ish aggression, and loud, surprising twists. Very unusual, highly compelling music.

Try any. Fo’s Picks: 2, 4, 5, 7, 9

1. 7:48 – slow trudge: guitar slithers; open bass solo, then a loud rock freakout
2. 7:59 – friendly start; solos stretch & flip over oddball rhythms, briefly shreds
3. 8:03 – thumping theme slips into shimmering shards, then bustling improv
4. 10:15 – quintet march, solo trumpet & dialogue with guitar, happy middle breaks down in sax/guitar weirdness, drum solo realigns it
5. 7:50 – guitar navigates lopsided rhythm, busy bass, 2nd half raw & noisy
6. 4:48 – moody trio: calm strange guitar, heavy bass, open drums, gets jangly
7. 6:52 – tight but detached quintet, gets rolling under horn solos, space guitar
8. 7:09 – goofy pounding theme drifts into speedy sci-fi improv, long drum solo
9. 7:48 – guitar intro, spinning groove slips off axis, strong semi-melodic solos

[ Fo ] - June 2012

Track Listing
1.Sinks When She Rounds The Bend (No. 22) 5.The Periphery Of Scandal (No. 23)
2.Hemorrhaging Smiles (No. 25) 6.That Old Sound (No. 27)
3.Forgotten Men In Silver (No. 24) 7.Sea Cut Like Snow (No. 26)
4.Love In Eight Colors (No. 21) 8.Deformed Weight Of Hands (No. 28)
 9.All The Clocks (No. 29)