Published Nov 29, 2010Mary Halvorson Quintet Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12)
Any player regularly invited to tour with instrumental ace Marc Ribot and avant-garde pioneer Anthony Braxton is clearly worthy of attention, and Halvorson justifies the spotlight with this compelling offering, her second as bandleader. Her compositional style owes a great deal to the work of Braxton (as she has acknowledged), while her playing explores wide and interesting sonic terrain. Saturn Sings marks the first time she has recorded with a horn section, a direction that warrants further exploration. Tracking her future progress promises to be interesting.