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Nate Wooley Explores a Frozen Interior on 'Columbia Icefield'

Jazz trumpeter Nate Wooley's quartet tackles a big landscape, a big reaction, and a big chill on the complex and patient new album, Columbia Icefield.

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The Best Jazz of 2018

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Mary Halvorson Continues Her Expansive Explorations with 'Code Girl'

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson offers as much encryption as she does revelation on her latest album.

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Overlooked Jazz Gems of 2016

No matter how much music I listen to every year, I miss some great records, somehow. Here are a half-dozen albums from 2016 that deserve our attention.

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Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You

The quirky guitarist expands her septet to include pedal steel and creates landscapes that push the players to real invention.

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Plymouth: Plymouth

So long Slobber Pup, hello Plymouth. Actually, can we have Slobber Pup back now?

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Bassist Stephan Crump, from Pop to Avant-Garde and Back Again

Bassist Stephan Crump makes pop with his wife Jen Chapin, experimental improvisation with guitarist Mary Halvorson, and he's a great mainstream player, too. What can't he do well?

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Living By Lanterns: New Myth / Old Science

The least romantic part about space is that it's a vacuum.

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Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone: Departure of Reason

Two fine musicians frustrate efforts to pin them down, resulting in a frustrating album.

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Weasel Walter / Mary Halvorson / Peter Evans: Electric Fruit

Have you ever dropped everything simply to appreciate how many different sounds exist in the world?

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Mary Halvorson Quintet: Saturn Sings

Great albums can be made of equal parts talent and inspiration. Guitarist Mary Halvorson has one of these.


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