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Halvorson / Evans / Walter: Mechanical Malfunction (Thirsty Ear)

The dynamic trio of Mary Halvorson (guitar), Peter Evans (trumpet) and Weasel Walter (drums) follow their free improvised debut album by creating themes and structures to improvise on and around, making a challenging and extremely rewarding set of tunes.
 

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UPC: 700435720428

Label: Thirsty Ear
Catalog ID: THI 57204.2
Squidco Product Code: 16936

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on April 1t, 2012 at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves by Colin Marston.


Personnel:

Weasel Walter-drums

Mary Halvorson-guitar

Peter Evans-trumpet

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track listing:


1. Baring Teeth 4:24

2. Vektor 5:02

3. Broken Toy 5:03

4. Klockwork 4:10

5. Freezing 4:41

6. Malfunction 6:37

7. Organ Grinder 3:29

8. Interface 11:18

9. The Last Monkey On Earth 5:08

10. Bulging Eyes 4:18




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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Following their critically acclaimed debut trio album, Electric Fruit, Mary Halvorson, Weasel Walter and Peter Evans masterfully crafted their second release Mechanical Malfunction. By incorporating a new structure dynamic, the trio has evolved their sonic interplay.

Weasel Walter comments "When we started this trio, we just dove right in an played pure free improvised music. It worked well, and that's what we did for years. The personalities were distinctive and the chemistry was there. It always worked. With this record we decided to do something we hadn't done before, so we created themes and structures to improvise on and around.

Mary Halvorson notes, "For me, adding composition to the band creates a new layer of communication and complexity. It allows us to challenge familiar ways of communicating and push the music to new places."

The trio's blistering performances will, in equal parts, enrage, excite and bewilder. Anchored with compositions that sparkle and twist, the tunes morph into magical journeys. Welcome to Jazz 2.0, a brave new world.

Fasten your seat belts."-Thirsty Ear



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Artist Biographies:

"Weasel Walter (real name Walter Wyzowski) is a composer and instrumentalist who founded the band The Flying Luttenbachers in Chicago in 1991 with a current member of Cellular Chaos and Behold...The Arctopus. Over the years, The Flying Luttenbachers included noted Dylan Posa, and Michael Colligan, while creating a body of music drawing equally from no wave, death metal, gamelan, noise music, hardcore punk and modern classical. Walter moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003, where he formed the latest of many Luttenbachers lineups, remaining on percussion with the addition of bassist Mike Green (Burmese), and virtuoso guitarist Ed Rodriguez (ex-Colossamite, Gorge Trio). Singular guitar phenomenon Mick Barr (Krallice, Octis, Orthrelm) joined the group in 2005. The Flying Luttenbachers ceased to operate in late 2007. On November 25, 2009, Weasel Walter announced that he was moving to New York City to join the band Behold... The Arctopus on drums and will be writing "new, more extreme material from scratch." He also formed Cellular Chaos with Marc Edwards (drummer), Admiral Grey and Ceci Moss."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weasel_Walter)
5/19/2017

"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/)
5/19/2017

"Peter Evans is a trumpet player, and improvisor/composer based in New York City since 2003. Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices and traditions. Peter is committed to the simultaneously self-determining and collaborative nature of musical improvisation as a compositional tool, and works with an ever-expanding group of musicians and composers in the creation of new music. His primary groups as a leader are the Peter Evans Quintet and the Zebulon trio. In addition, Evans has been performing and recording solo trumpet music since 2002 and is widely recognized as a leading voice in the field, having released several recordings over the past decade. He is a member of the cooperative groups Pulverize the Sound (with Mike Pride and Tim Dahl) and Rocket Science (with Evan Parker, Craig Taborn and Sam Pluta) and is constantly experimenting and forming new configurations with like minded players. As a composer, he has been commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Yarn/Wire, the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, the Jerome Foundation's Emerging Artist Program, and the Doris Duke Foundation for the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival. Evans has presented and/or performed his works at major festivals worldwide and tours his own groups extensively. He has worked with some of the leading figures in new music: John Zorn, Kassa Overall, Jim Black, Weasel Walter, Levy Lorenzo, Nate Wooley, Steve Schick, Mary Halvorson, Joe McPhee, George Lewis, and performs with both ICE and the Wet Ink Ensemble. He has been releasing recordings on his own label, More is More, since 2011."

-Peter Evans Website (http://pevans.squarespace.com/about/)
5/19/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
Anemone (John Butcher / Peter Evans / Frederic Blondy / Clayton Thomas / Paul Lovens)
A Wing Dissolved in Light [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Zorn, John
There Is No More Firmament
(Tzadik)
CP Unit (Pitsiokos / Seabrook / Dahl / Walter)
Before the Heat Death
(Clean Feed)
Halvorson, Mary Octet
Away With You
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Ewen / Smith / Walter
Live in Texas
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Evans, Peter
Lifeblood [USB Drive]
(More Is More)
Braxton, Anthony
3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 [3 CDs]
(Braxton House/Firehouse 12 Records)
Halvorson, Mary
Meltframe
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Kaiser, Henry / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter
Plane Crash Two
(New Atlantis)
Evans, Peter / Tim Dahl / Mike Pride
Pulverize The Sound
(Relative Pitch)
Teletopa (Collins / Evans / Aherns / Frampton)
Tokyo 1972 [VINYL 3 LPs]
(Splitrec)
Halvorson, Mary
Reverse Blue
(Relative Pitch)
Mostly Other People Do The Killing
Blue
(Hot Cup Records)
Kretzmer, Yoni / Pascal Niggenkemper / Weasel Walter
ProtestMusic
(OutNow Recordings)
PBB'S Lacus Amoenus with Peter Evans
The Sauna Session
(Long Song Records)
Amado, Rodrigo Motion Trio & Peter Evans
Live in Lisbon [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Bynum, Taylor Ho
Navigation (Possibility Abstracts X & XI) [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Rocket Science
Evan Parker / Peter Evans / Craig Taborn / Sam Pluta
(More Is More)
Cady, Jason
Happiness Is The Problem
(Lock Step Records)
Various Artists
To Live And Shave In L.A. - The Grief That Shrieked To Multiply [3 CDs + Download]
(Monotype)
Trumpets and Drums (Wooley / Evans / Black / Lytton)
Live in Ljubljana
(Clean Feed)
Halvorson, Mary / Kirk Knuffke / Matt Wilson
Sifter
(Relative Pitch)
Halvorson, Mary
Bending Bridges [2 VINYL LPs]
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Smith, Ches and These Arches (Smith / Berne / Malaby / Halvorson / Parkins)
Hammered
(Clean Feed)
Parker, Evan
Hasselt
(psi)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Slippery Rock
(Hot Cup Records)
Various Artists
Wandelweiser und so weiter [6 CD Box]
(Another Timbre)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Joy Mega
Forever is Something Inside You
(New Atlantis)
Scarcity Of Tanks
Fear Is Not Conscience
(Total Life Society Records)
Scarcity Of Tanks
Vulgar Defender
(Total Life Society Records)
Parker, Evan / Lee / Evans
The Bleeding Edge
(psi)
Bynum Sextet, Taylor Ho
Apparent Distance
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Lindsay / Mendoza / Smith / Walter
Jus
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Music Unlimited Festival 2009
Unlimited 23 [DVD]
(Panrec)
John Zorn
Zorn: The Satyros Play / Cerebrus
(Tzadik)
Walter / Halvorson / Evans
Electric Fruit
(Thirsty Ear)
Bynum, Taylor Ho Sextet
The Middle Picture
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Parker / Guy / Lytton + Peter Evans
Scenes in the House of Music
(Clean Feed)
Edwards, Marc / Weasel Walter Group
Blood Of The Earth
(Ugexplode)
Evans, Peter Quartet
Live in Lisbon
(Clean Feed)
MAP (Halvorson / Nakatani / Radding)
Fever Dream [VINYL]
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Mostly Other People Do The Killing
Shamokin!!!
(Hot Cup Records)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing
This Is Our Moosic
(Hot Cup Records)
Halvorson Trio, Mary
Dragon's Head
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Evans, Peter Quartet
!
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Jensson, Hilmar's TYFT
Smell the Difference
(Skirl)
Talibam!
Boogie in the Breeze Blocks
(ESP)
Evans, Peter
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Halvorson / Radding / Wooley
Crackleknob
(Hatology)
Lee / Evans / Beresford
Check For Monsters
(Emanem)
Bynum, Taylor Ho Sextet
Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths
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Evans, Peter / Blancarte, Tom
[sparks]
(Creative Sources)
Braxton, Anthony
Trio (Victoriaville) 2007
(Les Disques Victo)
Braxton, Anthony
9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 [DVD]
(Firehouse 12 Records)
New York Underground Orchestra, The
Fragments
(Hopscotch Records)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Anemone (John Butcher / Peter Evans / Frederic Blondy / Clayton Thomas / Paul Lovens)
A Wing Dissolved in Light [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Zorn, John
There Is No More Firmament
(Tzadik)
Halvorson, Mary Octet
Away With You
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Braxton, Anthony
3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 [3 CDs]
(Braxton House/Firehouse 12 Records)
Halvorson, Mary
Meltframe
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Kaiser, Henry / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter
Plane Crash Two
(New Atlantis)
Evans, Peter / Tim Dahl / Mike Pride
Pulverize The Sound
(Relative Pitch)
Teletopa (Collins / Evans / Aherns / Frampton)
Tokyo 1972 [VINYL 3 LPs]
(Splitrec)
Halvorson, Mary
Reverse Blue
(Relative Pitch)
Mostly Other People Do The Killing
Blue
(Hot Cup Records)
Kretzmer, Yoni / Pascal Niggenkemper / Weasel Walter
ProtestMusic
(OutNow Recordings)
PBB'S Lacus Amoenus with Peter Evans
The Sauna Session
(Long Song Records)
Bynum, Taylor Ho
Navigation (Possibility Abstracts X & XI) [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Various Artists
To Live And Shave In L.A. - The Grief That Shrieked To Multiply [3 CDs + Download]
(Monotype)
Trumpets and Drums (Wooley / Evans / Black / Lytton)
Live in Ljubljana
(Clean Feed)
Parker, Evan
Hasselt
(psi)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Slippery Rock
(Hot Cup Records)
Various Artists
Wandelweiser und so weiter [6 CD Box]
(Another Timbre)
Joy Mega
Forever is Something Inside You
(New Atlantis)
Scarcity Of Tanks
Fear Is Not Conscience
(Total Life Society Records)
Scarcity Of Tanks
Vulgar Defender
(Total Life Society Records)
Parker, Evan / Lee / Evans
The Bleeding Edge
(psi)
Lindsay / Mendoza / Smith / Walter
Jus
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Music Unlimited Festival 2009
Unlimited 23 [DVD]
(Panrec)
John Zorn
Zorn: The Satyros Play / Cerebrus
(Tzadik)
Bynum, Taylor Ho Sextet
The Middle Picture
(Firehouse 12 Records)

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