MARY HALVORSON QUINTET, SATURN SINGS

For hard-core devotees of experimental jazz, guitarist Mary Halvorson is an exhilarating experience. Her sophomore recording, “Saturn Sings,” may be informed by connections – her diverse inspirations include Clifford Brown and Monk together with Sam Cooke and Dmitri Shostakovich – but Halvorson and her empathetic trio mates, bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith, resolve to go places you never knew existed. To bring these ten original tunes to life fully, Halvorson adds horns supplied here by saxophonist Jon Irabagon and trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson. Halvorson hooks you with the familiar – themes are stated and her riffs indeed swing – but soon you’re in foreign territory and listening closely to understand a new language. Original in the extreme, Halvorson takes jazz guitar into new directions with a poetic shove, freely using distortion and electronic effects for maximum emotional impact.  (10 tracks; 66:20 minutes)  Her recording studio is Firehouse 12 in Connecticut, which has its own interesting story and history. Visit 'em: http://firehouse12.com
  

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JAZZ IN SPACE: MARY HALVORSON QUINTET, SATURN SINGS

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

MARY HALVORSON QUINTET, SATURN SINGS

For hard-core devotees of experimental jazz, guitarist Mary Halvorson is an exhilarating experience. Her sophomore recording, “Saturn Sings,” may be informed by connections – her diverse inspirations include Clifford Brown and Monk together with Sam Cooke and Dmitri Shostakovich – but Halvorson and her empathetic trio mates, bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith, resolve to go places you never knew existed. To bring these ten original tunes to life fully, Halvorson adds horns supplied here by saxophonist Jon Irabagon and trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson. Halvorson hooks you with the familiar – themes are stated and her riffs indeed swing – but soon you’re in foreign territory and listening closely to understand a new language. Original in the extreme, Halvorson takes jazz guitar into new directions with a poetic shove, freely using distortion and electronic effects for maximum emotional impact.  (10 tracks; 66:20 minutes)  Her recording studio is Firehouse 12 in Connecticut, which has its own interesting story and history. Visit 'em: http://firehouse12.com
  

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