NYC improvising string duo guitarist Mary Halvorson and violist Jessica Pavone in their 2nd Thirsty Ear release, an impressive mix of instrumentals and songs that blend styles and genres in exemplary downtown ny approaches.
Halvorson, Mary and Jessica Pavone
Departure of Reason
Label: Thirsty Ear
Released in: USA
"Guitarist Mary Halvorson and violist Jessica Pavone's longstanding duo embraces a wide range of musical traditions which critics have noted their "level of interplay that borders on the clairvoyant." They've been likened to "an avant-garde Thelma and Louise, blazing a trail across the stylistic horizon like a 1966 Ford Thunderbird jerry-rigged from scraps of Eric Dolphy, Django Reinhardt, Appalachian gothic campfires, Charles Ives, and Hendrix-laced psychedelia." The group has performed at venues ranging from small cafés to major international festivals since 2002."-Thirsty Ear
"Two of the most exciting figures in New York's jazz and improvised-music community Chicago Reader "A challenging fusion of oblique art song, reflective chamber music and thorny free improv." -Time Out "An avant-garde Thelma and Louise, blazing a trail across the stylistic horizon like a 1966 Ford Thunderbird jerry-rigged from scraps of Eric Dolphy, Django Reinhardt, Appalachian gothic campfires, Charles Ives, and Hendrix-laced psyche- delia" -Village Voice "Pavone and Halvorson reach in and touch the brain, activating dreams and aggravations with their spare and insidious tunes"-Montreal Mirror Massive Promotion
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"One of improvised music's most in-demand guitarists, Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. Critics have called her "a singular talent" (Lloyd Sachs, JazzTimes), "NYC's least-predictable improviser" (Howard Mandel, City Arts), "one of the most exciting and original guitarists in jazz-or otherwise" (Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal), and "one of today's most formidable bandleaders" (Francis Davis, Village Voice). The Philadelphia City Paper's Shaun Brady adds, "Halvorson has been steadily reshaping the sound of jazz guitar in recent years with her elastic, sometimes-fluid, sometimes-shredding, wholly unique style."
After three years of study with visionary composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton, Ms. Halvorson became an active member of several of his bands, including his trio, septet and 12+1tet. To date, she appears on six of Mr. Braxton's recordings. Ms. Halvorson has also performed alongside iconic guitarist Marc Ribot, in his bands Sun Ship and The Young Philadelphians, and with the bassist Trevor Dunn in his Trio-Convulsant. Over the past decade she has worked with such diverse bandleaders as Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingrid Laubrock, Myra Melford, Jason Moran, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey and Mike Reed.
As a bandleader and composer, one of Ms. Halvorson's primary outlets is her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith. Since their 2008 debut album, Dragon's Head, the band has been recognized as a rising star jazz band by Downbeat Magazine for five consecutive years. Ms. Halvorson's quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon to the trio, has released two critically acclaimed albums on the Firehouse 12 label: Saturn Sings and Bending Bridges. Most recently she has added two additional band members-tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and trombonist Jacob Garchik-to form a septet, featured on her 2013 release Illusionary Sea. Ms. Halvorson also co-leads a longstanding chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew and Secret Keeper."-Mary Halvorson Website (http://www.maryhalvorson.com/bio/)
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Label: Thirsty Ear
Catalog ID: THI 57200.2
Squidco Product Code: 15392
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Recorded by Marc Urselli at Eastside Sound, New York on March 8th, 2010.
Jessica Pavone-viola, vocals
Mary Halvorson-guitar, vocals
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1. That Only Thing 5:02
2. Hyphen 6:24
3. The Object Of Tuesday 3:35
4. Begin Again 6:17
5. Onslaught 2:41
6. New October 5:34
7. Saturn 5:43
8. Ruth Romain 4:09
9. Ruin 7:52
10. Why Should You Surrender? 6:08