The music here is deceptively simplistic. Nothing that Ms. Halvorson does or plays is simplistic or even simple. Her guitar might sing, but it will also appear to roar and protest and howl and bay at the moon like a werewolf come to create a new musical agenda. In fact, her work is so outstandingly original—in the McLuhan sense—that it is almost 100 per cent of her own devices and creation. This is true of “Prolegomenon” as much as it is tru-er of “A Song With Melody And Harmony And Words And Rhythm.” The guitarist is always creating, innovating taking a stab at the strings coaxing them to sing their unusual songs as her fingers create a glorious retinue of notes that whinny and ring and twang as they pirouette from guitar to the space in the atmosphere of the room. There is no room for complacency or stagnancy. Each space in the music, each accidental, every rest is making room for something special and that emerges—in this case—from guitar to vocals to melody and harmony.There is something else at work here and that is the remarkable manner in which Ms. Halvorson, bassist Kyle Foster and drummer Kevin Shea work the rhythm into the music. The accents and phrasing that emerges recalls the magnificence of Eric Dolphy, perhaps the only woodwinds and reeds player to truly carry on from where Charlie “Bird” Parker left off. And that is another quite remarkable aspect of this recording. So it is with surprise that this recording is received and long will it be remembered for its inconstant constancy; and it is with bated breath that the next recording from Mary Halvorson will always be awaited.
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