Anti-House is perhaps Laubrock's most New York-centric band, comprised of herself on tenor and soprano saxophones, guitarist Mary Halvorson, pianist Kris Davis, bassist John Hébert, and drummer Tom Rainey.
Anti-House has, over time, grown into a band in which the writing has become more personal – after all, Laubrock moved to New York only a scant couple of years before the first record was waxed.
Group identity in hand, Laubrock's compositions reflect a wide range of formal challenges and present a contrasting, shape-shifting palette. As Rainey puts it, "each piece is its own universe," selfcontained but related facets of Laubrock's personality that are distinct and unrepeated.
released January 11, 2013
Ingrid Laubrock: Tenor-, Soprano-Saxophone
Mary Halvorson: Guitar
Kris Davis: Piano
John Hébert: Bass
Tom Rainey: Drums
Mary Halvorson's compositions make my head spin. As is so often the case with her work, here, she continues to twist and subvert conventional notions of melody and modality.
Her own playing is astonishingly deft, and the arrangements complex and inventive.
But there is a warmth here, too; a playful of spirit, a restlessness to continue to change and connect in new ways.
Halvorson isn't just a jazz innovator, she's fast becoming one of of the giants of new music. Michael Mueller