Pitchfork has a glowing dual review of Amaryllis and Belladonna, the two 2022 albums from Mary Halvorson that are at radio now from Nonesuch. According to the review, “The most important thing is to find your own voice. More than perhaps any other guitarist working today, in jazz or elsewhere, she has succeeded at that deceptively simple aspiration. Hear her play once and you’ll recognize her anywhere: as a soloist, as a leader or accompanist in any number of ensembles, in duos with players from the worlds of avant-garde improvisation or warped indie rock.”
Halvorson is “an inventive and generous arranger,” writes Pitchfork, a talent that is on display throughout both LPs. “Amaryllis and Belladonna are distinct statements; one could hear either album on its own without a sense that something is missing. But they are most powerful when taken together, like a landscape and its reflection in rippling water.” Read the full review here.