mary halvorson

“...Mary Halvorson is the most future-seeking guitarist working right now, thinking out the instrument on a level most couldn’t comprehend. But Halvorson’s compositions display that exploration with a telepathic connection between her fingers and the sound, making Saturn Sings her strongest document to date.”
-Lars Gotrich, NPR.org

“A glowing critical consensus has formed around the guitarist Mary Halvorson in the last two years, since the arrival of “Dragon’s Head” (Firehouse 12), her superb debut. “Saturn Sings,” her second album on the same label, seems sure to intensify the praise…a credible vision of jazz’s near future.”
-Nate Chinen, New York Times

“One of the year’s most eagerly anticipated albums, the Mary Halvorson Quintet’s Bending Bridges has its work cut out for it topping the band’s 2010 poll favorite, Saturn Sings. But the new recording, which benefits from the band’s first serious stretch of playing together live, is even deeper and edgier than its predecessor. It confirms Halvorson as an artist whose originality as a guitarist is no fiercer than her originality as a writer. Simply put, no one is making music like this.”
-Lloyd Sachs, JazzTimes

Bending Bridges hasn’t the foggiest idea of how to bore you. Each of these nine tracks contains a similarly compelling trail of musical interest. Fans of today’s beyond-category jazz should be lining up for this music, but so should indie-rock fans or guitarheads or noise-rockers or any other music fan who cares to hear the daring mix with the heady. This is another great record from an outstanding band.”
-Will Layman, PopMatters.com

“Halvorson is, indeed, the real thing, and she sounds like nobody else. She pretty much has it all. Outside but also inside, adventurous but also accessible, Saturn Sings is a new sound from a new star.”
-Chris May, AllAboutJazz.com

“...Halvorson’s is a devastatingly original voice.”
-Marcus O’Dair, theartsdesk.com

“Captivating music from this hugely inventive bandleader, a genuinely exciting face in the creative music scene…the writing has great range and originality, and Halvorson’s precise, hardscrabble guitar playing is just plain bad-ass.”
-John Corbett, DownBeat Magazine

“On her second album as a leader, Mary Halvorson cements her growing reputation as one of the most original and arresting jazz guitarists to emerge in the first decade of the century. This finely crafted, forward-looking disc teems with creativity.”
-Ed Hazell, Jazziz

“...her sonic outbursts are tempered by compositions that are highly intelligent and harmonically sophisticated, full of nuance, beauty and the sound of surprise…the harmonies and interwoven lines that she constructs for trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, both potent soloists, add layers of depth to this startlingly original and thoughtful music. This is easily one of the most provocative and fascinating releases of 2010.”
—Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes