Halvorson, Mary Quintet / Saturn Sings
Album:Saturn Sings Collection:Jazz
Artist:Halvorson, Mary Quintet Added:Sep 2010
Label:Firehouse 12 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2010-10-17 Pull Date:2010-12-19 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Dec 19Dec 12Oct 24

Recent Airplay
1.Dec 09, 2015:12-9-2015
Mile High Like (No. 16)
4.Dec 19, 2014:Rebop
Right Size Too Little (No. 12)
2.Jun 12, 2015:Rebop
Sea Seizure (No. 19)
5.Aug 15, 2014:Rebop
Right Size Too Little (No. 12)
3.Apr 17, 2015:Rebop
Sea Seizure (No. 19)
6.Dec 23, 2011:Memory Select
Mile High Like (No. 16)

Album Review
Reviewed 2010-10-16 
Firehouse 12, 2010

AVANT-GARDE – Halvorson, who has made such a splash with her unique, glitchy guitar style over the past few years, adds horns to her band for the first time. That expands the palette with new layers and textures, and the compositions are all very interesting and full of quirky twists. Great stuff from all concerned, but it’s still that bizarre, broken-robot sound in Halvorson’s guitar solos that’s the main attraction.

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

Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10

1. 6:45 – winding melody: breaks apart in sax & guitar solos, but re-forms
2. 6:03 – solid trio sound: a slow, moody creep; guitar drifts into gloopiness
3. 4:48 – upbeat bounce gets weird; trumpet solo rides a river of lumpy gravy
4. 9:25 – explosions of noise interrupt mellow tune; drum solo, horn breaks are laid-back & melodic, guitar goes from calm to scream, messy end
5. 5:24 – rockish start, thudding rhythm as guitar slides gently to chaos & back
6. 8:48 – slower and heavy; sax reaches out, calming guitar & bass solos
7. 7:32 – trio slouch, chugs under very cool guitar; solos for bass/drums too
8. 7:26 – oddball pendulum swing: space guitar, jabbing trumpet, whirling sax
9. 5:39 – slow, tiptoe melody; guitar picks its way carefully, cool bass & drums
10. 4:29 – horns spin over clomping beat; drops down, then energy builds up

[ Fo ] 10/16/10

Track Listing
1.Leak Over Six Five (No. 14) 6.Crack In Sky (No. 11)
2.Sequential Tears In It (No. 20) 7.Right Size Too Little (No. 12)
3.Mile High Like (No. 16) 8.Crescent White Singe (No. 13)
4.Moon Traps In Seven Rings (No. 17) 9.Cold Mirrors (No. 15)
5.Sea Seizure (No. 19) 10.Saturn Sings (No. 18)