AAJ-NY Reviews The Thirteenth Assembly’s (Un)sentimenal

June 29, 2009

Sean Fitzell reviews The Thirteenth Assembly‘s debut CD, (un)sentimental (Important Records), in the July issue of AllAboutJazz-New York.

“Guitarist Mary Halvorson, violist Jessica Pavone, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and drummer Tomas Fujiwara have longstanding duo and trio permutations and to end their concerts, they convene as a quartet and have forged a distinct identity from the subgroups within,” he explains.

“With committed performances drawn from intertwined histories and diverse stylistic influences, The Thirteenth Assembly exemplifies how a practical strategy can reveal a novel creative opportunity.”


(Un)Sentimental And Thin Air Reviewed In The Wire

April 17, 2009
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Photo by Hilary McHone

Daniel Spicer’s joint review of The Thirteenth Assembly‘s (un)sentimental (Important Records) and Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone‘s Thin Air (Thirsty Ear) appears in the May 2009 issue of The Wire.

Spicer notes The Thirteenth Assembly’s “diverse, often surprising compositions,” “mischievous good humour,” and “moments when the music transcends genre.”

He also highlights the duo’s “compelling musicianship” and Halvorson’s “impressive timbral palette ranging from fierce, taut scribbles to subtle smears of effects.”

“It easily confirms her position as one of the most relentlessly inventive guitarists working in creative music today,” he adds.

The Thirteenth Assembly Featured In The Wall Street Journal

April 9, 2009
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Photo by Hilary McHone

The quartet of cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, guitarist Mary Halvorson, violist Jessica Pavone and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, otherwise known as The Thirteenth Assembly, is featured in today’s Wall Street Journal.

“Each of these musicians is a masterly soloist, and they all are creating music that is delicate, complex and eclectic,” writes Martin Johnson. “The four musicians have released some of the most compelling jazz of the past six months.”

The Thirteenth Assembly’s debut, (un)sentimental, was released in February on Important Records.

The Thirteenth Assembly’s New CD Reviewed At AllAboutJazz.com

March 30, 2009
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Photo by Hilary McHone

Troy Collins’ review of The Thirteenth Assembly‘s debut release, (un)sentimental (Important Records), was posted today at AllAboutJazz.com.  The group features cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, violist Jessica Pavone, guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara.

He writes, “The unified ensemble sound of The Thirteenth Assembly is centered around empathetic communication and a willingness to subvert ego for the good of the group; there is no grandstanding here, only four longstanding friends conspiring to make adventurous yet accessible music. A stunning achievement, (un)sentimental demonstrates the endless possibilities of contemporary music by players at the top of their game.”

The Thirteenth Assembly @ Barbès This Wednesday

March 10, 2009
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Photo by Hilary McHone

On Wednesday, March 11th at 8:00 p.m., The Thirteenth Assembly will celebrate its new CD, (un)sentimental (Important Records), at Barbès in Brooklyn.

The New York-based quartet features Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Jessica Pavone (viola), Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums).