Song of the Week: “Old Nine Two Six Four Two Dies (No. 10)” by Mary Halvorson Trio

by Douglas Cowie on 13 April 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Old Nine Two Six Four Two Dies (No. 10)” by Mary Halvorson Trio:

Mary Halvorson is a seriously talented guitarist, and a seriously exciting musician. She’s a phenomenal technical player, which isn’t something I usually care about all that much, or think about all that much, except that part of what’s wonderful about Mary Halvorson’s music is the use to which she puts that technique. She can rip of arpeggios and scales as lightning quick as anybody, and she can improvise through whatever goofy jazz chord progressions you want to her, but when it comes down to it, what she seems to love most–or anyway, what I love most about listening to her music–is the sounds she can get out of that guitar, and the ways she can use a variety of techniques to rub those sounds together, and they ways the limits of those techniques can be reached and exceeded, and the thrilling music that bounces into your brain as a result.

Check out Mary Halvorson’s new album, Code Girl, here.

 

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