Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Often cited as an influential voice on her instrument, the recorded debut of her octet music brings a fuller picture of Mary Halvorson as a performer and composer into vision. The music on Away With You encompasses a big-band-like sound, drawing from the jazz tradition, while also delving into more experimental territory. The addition of pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn adds a new layer to the music through the incorporation of unique timbres and unorthodox harmonies.
Recent Praise for Mary Halvorson:
"...an artist whose instinct for the moment and direction is so intuitive that you turn to hear latest work knowing that it'll take you to an interesting place." -The Wire, October 2015
"Halvorson is a pure improviser who takes the listener to new states while never letting one forget the essential guitarness of her music." -Downbeat, November 2015
Pitchfork (Website) - "On AWAY WITH YOU, performances veer from tightly scripted to more free-sounding sections, before heading back toward established themes. But these transitions rarely feel jagged..."
Personnel: Mary Halvorson (guitar); Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar); Jon Irabagon (alto saxophone); Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone); Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet); Jacob Garchik (trombone); Ches Smith (drums).
Audio Mixer: Nick Lloyd.
Recording information: Firehouse 12 (12/17/2015/12/18/2015).
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