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Mary Halvorson Trio

Jez Nelson presents a gig from New York electric guitarist Mary Halvorson. Playing original compositions that feature angular grooves and dissonant melodies, the trio obtains excitingly edgy and dynamic improvisations. Joining Mary on stage are bassist John Hebert and Ches Smith on drums.

Mary has been active on the New York jazz scene since 2002. She plays regularly with the infamous avant-garde reedsman and composer Anthony Braxton and released her debut recording as leader in 2008. The album was proclaimed 'an auspicious debut' by Downbeat and "full of tension, excitement and awkward pleasure, and very much of its moment." by The New York Times.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Studio guest: John Russell
Producer: Joby Waldman & Peggy Sutton


Extracts from 'No.19' by Mary Halvorson's Trio and 'Mass Projection' and 'Variation' by Masayuki 'Jojo' Takayanagi (details below)

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CD track:

Artist: Polar Bear
Track title: Happy For You
Composer: Sebastian Rochford
Album title: Peepers
Label: Leaf Label

Polar Bear UK tour dates:
24 Feb @ The Junction, Cambridge
26 Feb @ Paradox, Tilburg
02 Mar @ The Garage, London
26 Mar @ The Firestation, Windsor

John Russell joins Jez in the studio to introduce the Mary Halvorson gig.

Mary Halvorson Trio recorded at The Vortex, London on December 14, 2009

Line up:
Mary Halvorson (guitar)
John Hebert (bass)
Ches Smith (drums)

Set one:
Sweeter Than You (No.4)
Too Many Ties (No.6)
Old Ninety Two Six Four Two Dies (No.10)
Momentary Lapse (No.1)

Mary Halvorson speaks to Nate Chinen about her influences

Set two:
Sweeter Than You (No.4)
Screw's Loose (No.8)
Scant Frame (No.2)

All compositions by Mary Halvorson

John Russell presents a feature on Japanese guitarist Masayuki 'Jojo' Takayanagi.

Music played during the feature:

Artist: Masayuki Takanyagi Quintet
Track title: So Deep and So Blue
Composer: Toscio Tomita
Album title: Flower Girl
Label: Jinya Disk, 2006 (rec 1968)

Artist: Masayuki Takayanagi and New Directions
Track title: The Galactic System
Composer: Masayuki Takayanagi
Album title: Independence: Tread on Sure Ground
Label: Tiliqua Records, 1969

Artist: Masayuki Takayanagi & Kaoru Abe
Track title: Mass Projection #2
Composer: Masayuki Takayanagi, Kaoru Abe
Album title: Mass Projection
Label: Diw Records, 1970

Artist: Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit
Track title: La Grima
Composers: Masayuki Takayanagi, Kenji Mori, Hiroshi Yamazaki
Album title: Various Artists - Genya Concert 1971
Label: Souseiki Record, 2004

Artist: Masayuki Takayanagi and New Century Music Institute
Track title: Greensleeves
Composer: traditional
Album title: Ginparis Session: June 26, 1963
Label: Three Blind Mice Records/Sony Music Direct

Artist: Masayuki Takayanagi
Track title: Lonely Woman
Composer: Ornette Coleman
Album title: Lonely Woman Live
Label: Jinya Disc, 2006

Artist: Loco Takayanagi Y Les Pobres
Track title: Ausencia
Composers: Carlos Gardel, Francisco N. Bianco, Jose Razzano
Album title: El Pulso
Label: Jinya Disk, 1995

Artist: Masayuki Takayanagi
Track title: Variation I
Composer: Masayuki Takayanagi
Album title: Three Improvised Variations on a Theme of Qadhafi: Masayuki Takayanagi Action Direct 1990
Label: Jinya Disk, 2002

Artist: Masayuki Takayanagi
Track title: Inanimate Nature I
Composer: Masayuki Takayanagi
Album title: Inanimate Nature
Label: Jinya Disk, 1990

Recommended further listening:

Artist: Masayuki Takayanagi
Album title: Archive 1
Label: Jinya Disk, 2009
5 CD and 2 DVD limited edition box set.

Release date:

1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Mon 22 Feb 2010 23:15

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