Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas created a quintet, Sound Prints, to explore Shorter's influence and music. The band's second recording is called "Scandal" (Greenleaf Music) and features the same rhythm section - pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Joey Baron - as its 2015 self-titled debut live recording for Blue Note.
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For more information, go to greenleafmusic.com/scandal/.
Here's the band in action in the studio:
Her new album for Firehouse 12 Records features a quintet composed of Messrs. Formanek and Fujiwara plus trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and the fascinating voice of Amirtha Kidambi. The group and its 2-CD set bear the name Code Girl: it's the guitarist's first album on which she writes both songs and lyrics. It's a riveting combination of sounds, the powerful work of Akinmusire combined with Ms. Halvorson percussive yet melodic style and the fascinating work of Ms. Kidambi who has worked with saxophonist Darius Jones and leads the contemporary experimental band Elder One. The rhythm section keeps the music flowing, swinging at times, and, in the case of Formanek, quite melodic in his support and counterpoint.
one might drop the needle/ an entire song transcends/ repeat a twirling hypnotic/ melody in descending order", may be the best description of the album.
"Code Girl" makes more sense the more you listen. Music is a "code", it speaks to all of us in different ways and we respond to various sounds, solos, lyrics, and emotions. Mary Halvorson is a sound master (bless those "bent" notes) and has created a new, fruitful, fertile, direction for her music. One can really tell that she, Tomas Fujiwara, Michael Formanek, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Amirtha Kidambiare are each so emotionally involved in this music. It may initially sound different but, once you invest yourself in this program, there are numerous musical rewards.
For more information, go to www.maryhalvorson.com.
Here's the opening track: