From BOMB Magazine:
I had never heard of Mary Halvorson when, listening to the radio one day in my studio, her guitar-playing first announced itself to me. I was immediately struck by a sound that was raw and inventive in a way that bypassed all expectations of how “jazz” guitar should be played. There was a component of friction involved, almost as if the “song” were at odds with being played. Not sure if this was someone from an exploratory rock type background, or an accomplished jazz guitarist utterly determined to avoid playing in an accepted idiom, I was totally engaged. This was the sort of jagged, unsettled, fearless, hybrid sound I look forward to hearing in any music.