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4.47 | 8 ratings | 2 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2022

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Night Shift (5:52)
2. Anesthesia (6:41)
3. Amaryllis (5:55)
4. Side Effect (6:47)
5. Hoodwink (6:47)
6. 892 Teeth (5:50)

Total Time 37:52

Line-up / Musicians

- Mary Halvorson / guitar

- Patricia Brennan / vibraphone
- Nick Dunston / bass
- Tomas Fujiwara / drums
- Jacob Garchik / trombone
- Adam O'Farrill / trumpet
- Olivia De Prato / violin
- Maya Bennardo / violin
- Victor Lowrie Tafoya / viola
- Tyler J. Borden / cello

Releases information

CD Nonesuch Records SKU#075597912791 (May 13, 2022, US)

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MARY HALVORSON Amaryllis ratings distribution

(8 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
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Review by snobb
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Once a member of Anthony Braxton Group, guitarist Mary Halvorson today probably is the most renown female jazz guitar player in the world. For nearly two decades she demonstrates her very own playing techniques and aesthetics, releasing innovative successful albums and collaborating with many creative jazz forefront artists.

In her prolific discography, 2022's "Amarylis" is an apogee release. A six-song suite, written by Mary during the pandemic, perfectly illustrates her both strong sides - as a composer and as a virtuosic musician-band leader. Recorded with a capable sextet (incl. vibes player Patricia Brennan and excellent drummer Tomas Fujiwara among others), the album's music sounds like a modern orchestra played soundtrack with rich arrangements and a big sound. Opposite to long- lasting trends of such sort of music being melancholic, nostalgic and over-emotional, Halvorson's work radiates positive energy and demonstrates well-balanced optimism.

Halvorson's music is rooted in free-funk, modern classic music and prog rock, with atmosphere and dynamics one can remember from Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra from the late 60s. On three of the album's last songs, The Mivos Quartet come on to support the jazz sextet making the sound even more orchestral and partially chamber.

On many previous Halvorson releases, strong and more interesting compositions were sometimes mixed with less successful and more ordinary songs which often did not allow the whole album to sound perfect. On "Amaryllis", there is not even a single note which is not mandatory or out of place. At last, Mary released the album, demonstrating her talent and potential in full - the apogee.

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4 stars A very good album with emphasis on arrangements, combining horns and vibraphone with the guitar trio, then incorporating a string quartet on the second half. Lots of irony and detachment, sometimes in an impressionistic way. Halvorson's style is resolutely un-flashy, Guitar tone-wise, she spends ... (read more)

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