Writing on his Substack last year, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – the six-time NBA champion, Airplane! co-star, and prolific social commentator – recommended Mary Halvorson‘s dual Nonesuch debuts, Amaryllis and Belladonna. According to the Tower From Power, “This two-LP set by guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson, a MacArthur Fellow, is pretty much everything you’d want in contemporary jazz. There’s an etherial beauty in her collaborations with the Mivos Quartet and a joyful spontaneity in the improv among the deft musicians. The music was conceived and composed during the pandemic so, for me, that sense of fractured life and edgy isolation comes through clearly. But I might be projecting my own experience… Not only did she do something new, she created something new. New and wonderful.” Read Cap’s full review here.
Both Amaryllis and Belladonna are both at radio now.