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Mary Halvorson's inner rockist isn't ever too far from the surface. On her new album, Code Girl, the guitarist includes vocalist Amirtha Kidambi in an ensemble that's been gigging sporadically for a little more than a year. The contrast between the quieter moments on the album that foreground Kidambi's contributions with Halvorson's most muscular musical proclamations create a new context for the bandleader to unloosen her compositional aptitude. - DownBeat Editors' Pick