Mary Halvorson Quintet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Aug 4, 2013
Originally published on June 20, 2014 12:31 pm

A guitarist who sounds like no other, Mary Halvorson can both astound and confound, with craggy phrasing, strange pitch-bends and pedal effects galore. With two quintet albums out and a septet record due soon, she's at Newport this year as a composer and bandleader too. Her quintet resembles certain classic Jazz Messengers lineups or Charlie Parker's working band, but her pieces take a few more left-hand turns. That keeps the proceedings good and weird.


  • Mary Halvorson, guitar
  • Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet
  • Jon Irabagon, alto saxophone
  • John H├ębert, bass
  • Ches Smith, drums

Set List

  • "Sinks When She Rounds the Bend (No. 22)" (Halvorson)
  • "Love in Eight Colors (No. 21)" (Halvorson)
  • "Hemorrhaging Smiles (No. 25)" (Halvorson)
  • "(No. 35)" (Halvorson)
  • "Sea Cut Like Snow (No. 26)" (Halvorson)
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