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    Thirteenth Assembly, The – “Station Direct” – [Important Records]

    2011 release from this quartet. Mary Halvorson has been
    plucking various KFJC ears as of late; a guitarist of notes,
    clean but brambly notes. Her angular playing is a pretty
    strong focus, through-out. Her work here and in the past
    with violist Jessica Pavone is a nice contrast, as she
    tends to have less ragged, more serene sweeps on her
    strings. Check out the muted twists of Ho Bynum on
    “Randall Clasper” more anguished there, but on “Station” he
    really revs ’em up. At other times he’s usually doubled
    up with one of the ladies. For me the best moments come
    when drummer Tomas Fujiwara is allowed to wear his Bernard
    Purdie shirt (on “Coming Up” and “Prosthetic Chorizo”) the
    pressure cooker kicks in and this album makes a move for
    the dance floor instead of the chess club. Don’t get me
    wrong, all moves are appreciated…but this is a brainy
    day dream for the most part. “Long Road” is indeed a windy
    track, and ironically its best parts come with Fujiwara
    in check, although he does close strong. But that has
    nice solo and duo work between the others in a sort of
    quiet exploration that could work for your more spacy
    moments and spacier DJ’s.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 30, 2013 at 11:25 am
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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