mary halvorson

She’s adept at bold, free-form improvisations and playing over standards. How does Halvorson balance these seemingly contradictory approaches?

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For Mary Halvorson, it’s all about embracing the “mistakes” and connecting with the sound inside your head.

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Mary Halvorson recounts how she arrived at her own mix of structure and spontaneity. And yes—free playing is something you can practice.

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