More Superlatives for the Mary Halvorson Trio’s New CD, Dragon’s Head

In the November issue of the French jazz magazine, Jazzman, guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson‘s new CD, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), received the publication’s highest rating, CHOC (five stars). Reviewer Thierry Lepin called it “La révélation de l’année,” which translates to “The revelation of the year.”

On November 18th, in a guitar-themed post on his blog, Jazz Beyond Jazz, Howard Mandel also recommended Dragon’s Head, writing, “Mary Halvorson is the freshest, busiest, most critically acclaimed guitar-slinger out of downtown Manhattan/Brooklyn right now, a former student and current band member of Anthony Braxton’s at the hub of a circle of ultra-smart, almost 30-year-old players prodigiously contributing to each other’s projects.”

He added, “On Dragon’s Head, in transparent collaboration with upright bassist John Hebert and coloristic drummer Ches Smith, she taps a surprising range of ideas and moods, lyrically but also ironically, turning without warning from dry understatement to unabashed noise, hyper-folksiness to intellectualism, plain-spokenness to interesting abstraction, with unusual if unshowy chops.”

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