Mary Halvorson – guitar
John Hébert – double bass
Ches Smith – drums
“No one can play the way she does, no one writes music like hers”; “One of the most original artists of today’s jazz scene”; “A truly unique voice in the guitar world” – exclaim the headlines of the jazz press and magazines focused on improvised music. Can she be labeled as a jazz guitarist, though? Do such categorizations hold any appeal for her at all? I don’t think so. Nor do I believe it is worthwhile to try and classify her artistic achievements, as classifications are hardly valid in her case. Efforts of this kind are interrupted by Halvorson herself who haltingly remarks: “I don’t enjoy jazz guitar in general.” If anything, her music resembles indie rock; rock, we should say, was her first musical experience – the years she spent performing with such bands as Xiu Xiu and People, or her fascination with the art of Jimmy Hendrix. If we insist on working jazz into her musical activity, then jazz is found in her comprehensive view of a creative process in which both the improvised and the composed form a new picture; a picture being the fruit of perpetual searching, of constant experimenting, of incessant questioning. One of the key vehicles to this end is a trio Mary Halvorson set up several years ago with John Hebért on double-bass and Ches Smith on drums. This group may even be the best definition of what Mary Halvorson finds essential in music today. On the one hand, it provides the ground work for complex compositional and improvised structures; on the other hand, it is an ideally formed organism, allowing her imagination to roam down the most astounding paths, liberated from the ruts of style.
released August 14, 2013
All tunes composed by Mary Halvorson
Recording, mix & master: Michał Kupicz
Cover photo: Tim Berne
Other photos: Krzysztof Machowina, Jan Bebel
Design: Pozytywka Studio Pozytywnej Kreacji
Translations: Małgorzata Pawlikowska
Recorded live 27th September. 2012 at Chorzowskie Centrum Kultury during jaZZ & beyond festival (Poland)
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