The Wire Posts 2008 Rewind Results Online

March 4, 2009


The Wire
has posted the results of its 2008 Rewind in the Archive section of its Web site.

The results, which originally ran in the magazine’s January 2009 issue, include the following client releases:

Top 50 Records:
Bill Dixon, 17 Musicians In Search Of A Sound (Arts for Art/AUM Fidelity)

Jazz & Improv:
Mary Halvorson Trio, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12) 
William Parker, Double Sunrise Over Neptune (Arts for Art/AUM Fidelity)

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David S. Ware’s New CD, Shakti, Released Today

January 27, 2009

 Today is the official street date for eminent saxophonist/composer David S. Ware’s Shakti (AUM052) on AUM Fidelity.

This release, Ware’s fifth for the label and his first studio date since 2003, marks the recorded debut of a new working ensemble, his first since the disbanding of the long-lived and prolific David S. Ware Quartet (1989-2006).

Shakti presents a distinctive selection of Ware compositions written specifically for this group, which features guitarist Joe Morris, bassist William Parker and drummer Warren Smith, as well as a new interpolation of “Antidromic” from 1997’s Wisdom of Uncertainty (AUM001).

Here’s a sample of the press response thus far:

“Those who enjoy the music of David S. Ware can easily relate to this excellent recording of his new music concept, backed by equally extraordinary players who perfectly understand his vision and purpose.”
Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

“Ware projects total conviction in the central role, his improvisations towering and incandescent.”
Andy Hamilton, The Wire

“Joined by erstwhile bassist William Parker, Ware finds accord in two new ensemble mates, iconic guitarist Joe Morris and legendary drummer Warren Smith. A refreshingly lyrical and emotionally committed performance by masterful improvisers, Shakti ebbs with soulful intensity and inspired interplay, making this one of the most compelling, yet accessible, recordings of Ware’s career.”
Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com

As you likely know, the release of this recording, which was intended to kick-off a year of celebrating Ware’s 50th anniversary as a saxophone player, comes at a time of declining health and the news he is in immediate need of a kidney transplant.

Thanks to all who have expressed their well wishes, especially those who have help spread the call for potential donors across cyberspace.  I hope to have positive news to share in the coming days and weeks.


Mary Halvorson Featured In The Wire

January 21, 2009

wire_feb09Hot on the heels of being profiled earlier this week at Dusted as one of 10 artists to watch in 2009 (and in DownBeat, Jazz Review, JazzTimes, New York Times and Time Out New York in the ’08), guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson is featured in the February 2009 issue of The Wire.

The article, written by Philip Clark, explores Mary’s relationship with the guitar, as well as her musical personality and the differences between her work as a bandleader on 2008’s Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records) vs. her collaborations with violist Jessica Pavone and drummer Kevin Shea.

You can also find a series of exclusive tidbits from Mary on The Wire‘s Web site.


Reminder: Mary Halvorson Trio at Roulette February 13th

January 13, 2009
Mary Halvorson by Hilary McHone

Mary Halvorson by Hilary McHone

On Friday, February 13th at 8:30 p.m., Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson and her trio will perform at Roulette in New York. 

The group, which also features bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith, will be premiering brand new music in addition to performing selections from its acclaimed 2008 debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records). 

The record, Ms. Halvorson’s first at the helm of her own ensemble, is featured on best-of-the-year lists in a long list of publications, including AllAboutJazz-New York, JazzTimes, the New York Times, The Wire and the Village Voice.

The success of Dragon’s Head 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 with her trio debut, Dragon’s Head…light years ahead of her peers, she is the most impressive guitarist of her generation. The future of jazz guitar starts here.”


Mary Halvorson Trio To Perform At Roulette February 13th

December 17, 2008
Mary Halvorson Trio by Peter Gannushkin

Mary Halvorson Trio by Peter Gannushkin

On Friday, February 13th, Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson and her trio will perform at Roulette in New York.  The group, which also features bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith, will be premiering brand new music in addition to performing selections from its acclaimed 2008 debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records).  The record, Ms. Halvorson’s first at the helm of her own ensemble, is featured on best-of-the-year lists in AllAboutJazz-New York, Hartford Courant and The Wire.

Critics called Dragon’s Head “an auspicious debut” (Bill Meyer, DownBeat), “a powerful experience” (Brian Morton, Jazz Review) and “among this year’s standout jazz albums and one of the more original recent statements by any jazz guitarist, let alone a female jazz guitarist” (Nate Chinen, New York Times).  “A singular talent,” adds AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins, “Brooklyn-based guitarist Mary Halvorson has come into her own as a composer and improviser with her trio debut, Dragon’s Head…light years ahead of her peers, she is the most impressive guitarist of her generation. The future of jazz guitar starts here.”

A veteran of the ensembles of esteemed saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton, Ms. Halvorson has been active in New York since 2000, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School.  In addition to her trio, she co-leads a chamber music duo with violist Jessica Pavone and the avant-rock duo, People, with drummer Kevin Shea.  She has also performed in ensembles led by Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Curtis Hasselbring, Tony Malaby, Nicole Mitchell, Jason Moran, Matana Roberts, Elliott Sharp, John Tchicai and Matthew Welch among many others.