September 22, 2010 – 3:57 am

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Switzerland 2010 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Jazz Festival Willisau 2010, Willisau, Switzerland; August 25, 2010. Very good satellite broadcast.

Think free-form jazz and the name Mary Halvorson might likely fall off the radar.

Back in 2007, Elliott (In The Land Of The Yahoos) Sharp, who is no stranger to experimental music, said of Halvorson: “Flurries of notes mix it up with pungent chords not found in any Ted Greene book, played with an aggressive tone and sharp attack - sometimes subtly distorted and bent, sometimes clean and acoustic. Whether playing in her phenomental duo with violist Jessica Pavone, fronting with Mary Halvorson Trio with bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith, avant-barnstorming in legendary saxophonist Anthony Braxton’s trio, or hitting the alternarock scene in her duo People with drummer Kevin Shea, Mary Halvorson orchestrates with her guitar, using counterpoint, textures and lines with nary a cliche to be found.”

Time might have moved on but Halvorson’s music is decidedly of the avant-garde bent. With her demure looks, those expecting some quiet drive time music had better park elsewhere.

Thanks to hamhen who shared the tracks on the internet.

These are mp2 files (256 kbps, 48khz). Most mp3 players should have no problem playing the tracks.

-There is a short noise audible in track one at 8:32 which was apparently caused by the on-stage sound system.
- There is no applause after track four; no music is lost though. The radio announcer started to talk immediately after the music ended.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP2s. As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Totally Opaque (No. 7) from Dragon’s Head (9:36) (noise at 8:32) (18.4MB)
Track 02. Sea Seizure (No. 19) from Saturn Sings (8:59) (17.2MB)
Track 03. Cold Mirrors (No. 15) from Saturn Sings (6:56) (13.3MB)
Track 04. Right Size Too Little (No. 12) from Saturn Sings (10:57) (21.0MB)

Mary Halvorson (g)
John Hebert (b)
Ches Smith (dr)

Her debut album as The Mary Halvorson Trio was 2008’s Dragon’s Head on the indie label Firehouse 12 Records. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 6 Responses to “MARY HALVORSON TRIO - SWITZERLAND 2010”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! i’ll get it now and covert to aac like mingus-belgrade last yea rso i can walk around and play it. mp3 would be nicer, but it’s free.

    mary wrote me last night and confused me even more. i know all the songs on her trio and quintet cd’s, but i am not good with the song titles. she gave me a tracklist, but she gave me 8 tracks. as you can see, there are 4 so hugs to mary.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 22, 2010

  3. Hello Ed

    If you can figure out the tracks to this Mary Halvorson Trio performance, do let us know. It would be much appreciated. Thanks

    By Admin on Sep 22, 2010

  4. hey bigo, here’s the tracklist:

    1 totally opaque (no. 7)from dragon’s head
    2 sea seizure (no. 19)from saturn sings
    3 cold mirrors (no. 15) from saturn sings
    4 right size too little (no. 12) from saturn sings

    the first two songs are also on the london 12.14.09 show you offered in june.

    i’m pretty sure they did two sets at willisau, and this is the first set. the aac’s i made sound good so i got rid of the mp2’s.

    maybe put a link to her new saturn sings which is her new quintet and trio disc.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 22, 2010

  5. Hello Ed

    Thanks for the effort and your feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 23, 2010

  6. hey bigo, sure. people are raving about this show on facebook!

    By Ed Saad on Sep 23, 2010

  7. I never heard of MHT before the last offering here. That show was very good. Hopefully this one will be the same. Thanks

    By Matt on Oct 22, 2010

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