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Mary Halvorson

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Mary Halvorson

The success of her acclaimed 2008 debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), led critics to call Ms. Halvorson “probably the most original jazz guitarist to emerge this decade” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader) and “the freshest, busiest, most critically acclaimed guitar-slinger out of downtown Manhattan/Brooklyn right now” (Howard Mandel, Jazz Beyond Jazz).

“A singular talent,” adds AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins, “Brooklyn-based guitarist Mary Halvorson has come into her own as a composer and improviser…light years ahead of her peers, she is the most impressive guitarist of her generation. The future of jazz guitar starts here.” ...
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    Mary Halvorson Septet: Illusionary Sea

    Firehouse 12 Records
    2014
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    Thumbscrew

    Cuneiform Records
    2014
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    Sifter

    Sony Urban Music
    2013
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    Illusionary Sea

    Firehouse 12 Records
    2013
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    Bending Bridges

    Firehouse 12 Records
    2012
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    Electric Fruit

    Thirsty Ear Recordings
    2011
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    Departure Of Reason

    Thirsty Ear Recordings
    2011
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Featured recording “Thumbscrew”

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Thumbscrew

Cuneiform Records (2014)
Mary Halvorson and her guitar have offered some of the freshest rainfall on the jazz umbrella. Her compositions challenge mundane notions of melody and harmony: a true step forward for the music movement.
--Jason Moran, New York Magazine

Frequently lauded as the most original and innovative guitarist of her generation, Halvorson's unorthodox virtuosity has positioned her at the creative forefront of the youthful Brooklyn scene. Demonstrating growth as a composer on ten new pieces conceived primarily for her Quintet, Halvorson's embrace of contrapuntal harmonies and modular structures reveals a multi-faceted artist whose writing is as impressive as her improvising.
--Troy Collins, Point of Departure

I think she’s a very interesting musician.
--John Fordham, BBC 3's Jazz on 3

...Halvorson’s is a devastatingly original voice.
--Marcus O'Dair, the artsdesk.com

...one of the most interesting musicians in the contemporary jazz and improvised music constellation.
--Mike Chamberlain, HOUR

Part of why so many jazz insiders are down with her is clearly her guitar style...

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