05 November 2008

Enthusiasms (22) ~ Mary Halvorson

"More than an auspicious debut, it is among this year’s standout
jazz albums and one of the more original recent statements
any jazz guitarist, let alone a female jazz guitarist."
~ Nate Chien, New York Times (4 November 2008)

This is a terrific new recording. You can sample - and then buy - it at the Firehouse 12 web page. Halvorson is a former student, now collaborator of Anthony Braxton. In The Times review, she tells Chien “The first thing he taught me was to focus on creativity and finding my own voice.” No surprise in that lesson. If this first recording is any indication, Halvorson pursued it with great success.

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