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^The youtube videos are p/good and saw her when Braxton came round town a few years ago. Any interesting recordings about?

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 4 August 2013 12:26 (five years ago) Permalink

I'd like to learn more as well. There was a really good Halvorson/Joe McPhee live set on WFMU a couple of years ago, that was where I first heard of her. Who is the saxophonist in this clip?

things are going to get better or worse (WilliamC), Sunday, 4 August 2013 12:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Never mind, it says there on the video, Ingrid Laubrock.

things are going to get better or worse (WilliamC), Sunday, 4 August 2013 12:38 (five years ago) Permalink

cream of the crop imo: both 13th assembly albums (winsome cubist pop instrumentals w/ extemporisation), pavone/halvorson/hoff/smith "calling all portraits" (fantastic no-wavey scrabbling noisy chamber pop jazz), both People albums "misbegotten man" & "people" (on i+ear records) ( mary sings ! crazy lyrics written by vaudeville maniac drum loki kevin shea - rattlin' avant pop more akin to us maple than braxton )
didn't really dig "saturn sings" much. anything w/ weasel w. is good. "cracklenob" w/nate woolley & reuben radding is splattery clattering fun with seamless segues into swoon. all pavone duets are good but "thin air" had some kinda distortion problem in the recording process. her work w/ braxton is uniformly great, but then i like braxton (i know not all do)

massaman gai, Sunday, 4 August 2013 17:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow, I'll have to check those out, thanks---was thinking I'd like to hear her in a diff setting; her Newport band can be pretty boring, though mostly on the first two performances (which are very long). But the other three songs work well enough, and it's a free download. Here's her whole NPR stash to date. I gotta delve into it more

dow, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 19:52 (five years ago) Permalink

I generally like her work and find it difficult to enter at the same time. I would never turn down the chance to see her live.

HOOS next aka won't get steened again (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 6 August 2013 19:54 (five years ago) Permalink

both People albums "misbegotten man" & "people" (on i+ear records) ( mary sings ! crazy lyrics written by vaudeville maniac drum loki kevin shea - rattlin' avant pop more akin to us maple than braxton )

one of my favorite bands of all time!

Gregory Bateson is always appropriate (sarahell), Tuesday, 6 August 2013 21:26 (five years ago) Permalink

i like saturn sings best. haven't really cottoned to any of the things she's appeared on since then, though the fault is neither here nor there.

j., Wednesday, 7 August 2013 00:18 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

tx for the recommendations.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 24 August 2013 10:03 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

For those of you who may not be convinced by ´Saturns Sings´ or 'Bending Bridges´, last year´s ´Illusionary Sea´ is very good. And I like her playing on ´Blarvuster' by Matthew Welch on Tzadik.

EvR, Saturday, 20 December 2014 18:16 (four years ago) Permalink

i love her -- illusionary sea is in frequent rotation here.

I dunno. (amateurist), Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:10 (four years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

new tune! i like it

La Lechera, Wednesday, 19 August 2015 21:43 (three years ago) Permalink

A new record is coming up in September (a solo record), here´s a review

EvR, Thursday, 20 August 2015 09:08 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Here's someone else who likes it

Washington City Paper and Jazz Times magazine contributor M*chael West says---
I've called Mary Halvorson "the greatest guitarist of her generation," or some variation thereon, more than once. Never has that been more apparent than on her newly released solo guitar album, Meltframe, a set that's by turns scalding, plaintive, haunting, and startlingly lyrical. Throughout, she paints with her trademark colors, including glowing resonances and notes that don't merely bend, they take hairpin turns

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 September 2015 17:25 (three years ago) Permalink

I interviewed her.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 11 September 2015 18:43 (three years ago) Permalink


i went to school with her!

wizzz! (amateurist), Friday, 11 September 2015 19:07 (three years ago) Permalink

my fave halvorson so far is her work in the tom rainey trio on the "pool school" album.
"plymouth" w/joe morris & pals wasn't terribly successful (they were going for "psychedelic", saft leaves no space, maybe they needed to spin a few gravitar discs before pressing "record"). similarly despite all doing individually fantastic work the "thumbscrew" album (fujiwara / formanek/ halvorson) pitter patters around aimlessly (i like aimless pitter pattering, but...).
hoping davis / laubrock /halvorson hit the studio as "death rattle" that cannot fail !

massaman gai, Saturday, 12 September 2015 08:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Just got a Tom Rainey Trio disc in yesterday's mail - Rainey on drums, Halvorson on guitar, Ingrid Laubrock on saxophone. Hotel Grief, on Intakt.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Saturday, 12 September 2015 12:21 (three years ago) Permalink

i shall belay my excitement until such time as i can get lucky w/ a remainder or ex promo sold on the wrong day on ebay or some such! dang those intakts are pricey

massaman gai, Saturday, 12 September 2015 13:05 (three years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

maaaan she's great huh

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Sunday, 11 October 2015 09:11 (three years ago) Permalink

i like the tom rainey disc a lot but i am kinda a sucker for a half-evocative title, i think her own quartet record 'reverse blue' might be even better

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Sunday, 11 October 2015 09:13 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I am suffering from insomnia tonight and Meltframe is making everything feel good.

xelab, Sunday, 29 November 2015 03:46 (three years ago) Permalink

Her stint with Ribot in Young Philadelphians yielded a recent iTunes release. A quick listen learns they're soul covers with strings.

EvR, Sunday, 29 November 2015 14:04 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

The new Thumbscrew (Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson) album is quality!

calzino, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 13:54 (two years ago) Permalink

yeh that first one grew on me after a while. not sure fujiwara was mixed loud enough

massaman gai, Wednesday, 18 May 2016 06:07 (two years ago) Permalink

surprised i haven't raved endlessly about ingrid laubrock's anti-house on this thread. MH plays - compositions are iIL's. it's the epitome of that supremely herky jerk RIO/Hermeto /Beefheart chamber-skronk. asymmetrical melodies blossoming & dissolving out of hiccuping grooves

massaman gai, Wednesday, 18 May 2016 11:25 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

heavy GATEWAY vibes on new thumbscrew. splitting the diff zwischen tal farlow & flying luttenbachers always gonna get my vote

massaman gai, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 11:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Halvorson’s Out Louds (her,fujiwara +goldberg) also have a new album out, not heard it yet.

calzino, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 12:31 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

She has added the brilliant steel pedal guitarist Susan Alcorn (whose Soledad album is a personal fave) to the septet that did Illusionary Sea on her new album Away With You. It sounds quite ace on the first listen.

calzino, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 14:48 (two years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Ghost Loop is a great record. I love the interplay between her and Ches Smith

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 02:28 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

The latest Book Of Angels with Halvorson and Miles Okazaki is totally sick!

calzino, Wednesday, 13 December 2017 09:55 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Saw her playing with Ingrid Laubrock last night - Kris Davis, piano, Tom Rainey, drums - didn't like the stuff they were playing much but she is jaw droppingly good.

Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 18:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

She is so good, although I'm not sold on her latest album with vocals on it, despite it getting lots of good reviews - might need another listen. Kris Davis' work with Eric Revis and her Borderlands Trio has been pretty great as well. Could deffo relate to a Laubrock band not being someone's thing tho!

calzino, Wednesday, 9 May 2018 18:28 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

the latest double lp of her Thumbscrew trio is totally badass, and the cd 2 of covers/deconstructions of standards is totally ace as well imo.

calzino, Saturday, 16 June 2018 09:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

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