- Mary Halvorson, Code Girl
A good deal of the stylization credit must go to the remarkable South Indian vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, who has been gaining notice for her stunning jazz ensemble Elder Ones. Halvorson sets Kidambi to work on 14 original compositions melding wildly improvisational instrumental runs and vocal wordplay, from the opening “My Mind I Find in Time,” to the closer “Drop the Needle.” Kidambi’s interpretations of Halvorson’s abstract poetry can recall anyone from Fontella Bass to Nina Simone. But the real genius of her latest epic is that it always sounds so fresh and inventive. It’s enough to make you wonder why all musicians can’t rise to these exacting standards.
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