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The Mary Halvorson Quintet performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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The Mary Halvorson Quintet performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

The Mary Halvorson Quintet performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Jazz Festival

Mary Halvorson Quintet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013WBGO

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A guitarist who sounds like no other, Mary Halvorson can both astound and confound, with craggy phrasing, strange pitch-bends and pedal effects galore. With two quintet albums out and a septet record due soon, she's at Newport this year as a composer and bandleader too. Her quintet resembles certain classic Jazz Messengers lineups or Charlie Parker's working band, but her pieces take a few more left-hand turns. That keeps the proceedings good and weird.

Personnel
  • Mary Halvorson, guitar
  • Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet
  • Jon Irabagon, alto saxophone
  • John Hébert, bass
  • Ches Smith, drums
Set List
  • "Sinks When She Rounds the Bend (No. 22)" (Halvorson)
  • "Love in Eight Colors (No. 21)" (Halvorson)
  • "Hemorrhaging Smiles (No. 25)" (Halvorson)
  • "(No. 35)" (Halvorson)
  • "Sea Cut Like Snow (No. 26)" (Halvorson)
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