"Belladonna" and "Amaryllis" are 2 very inventive albums that can not leave indifferent and arouse a healthy musical curiosity. The sound and compositions are of rare originality drawing their inspiration from jazz and classical music. To discover urgently!!
CirdecSongs (Cedric Hendrix)
You had me at Mary and Jacob Garchik, who’s another favorite. For a minute, I thought Mary was gonna play it (relatively)straight with her compositions. I should’ve known better. Mary remains a creative driving force for jazz’s next generation.
Favorite track: Night Shift.
Amaryllis is a six-song suite performed by a newly formed sextet of master improvisers, including Halvorson, Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), Nick Dunston (bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums), Jacob Garchik (trombone), and Adam O’Farrill (trumpet). The Mivos string quartet joins for three of the songs, making this the largest ensemble for which Halvorson has written to date. The suite showcases Halvorson’s many musical influences from jazz, experimental, new music, and beyond.
This has become one of the most important albums of my life. It’s essence is indescribable. Every sound from the start of the record through the end is placed delicately and with care. The album cover is by Julie Mehretu. It’s absolutely an incredible release for which I shall be eternally grateful. Aniket