Reviews that mention Mario Pavone

November 16, 2017

Mario Pavone

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Clean Feed CF 423 CD

Mario Pavone Dialect Trio

Chrome

Playscape Recordings PSR #060316

Moving into his eighth decade, bassist Mario Pavone still maintains the organizational and compositional smarts that have characterized his career as a musical partner with players as different as reedists Anthony Braxton and Thomas Chapin as well as pianist Paul Bley and guitarist Michael Musillami. Like writers such as Vladimir Nabokov and John O’Hara, whose later fiction was at least as eminent as their work as younger scribblers, one could say Pavone has improved with age. MORE

November 16, 2017

Mario Pavone Dialect Trio

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Playscape Recordings PSR #060316

Mario Pavone

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Clean Feed CF 423 CD

Moving into his eighth decade, bassist Mario Pavone still maintains the organizational and compositional smarts that have characterized his career as a musical partner with players as different as reedists Anthony Braxton and Thomas Chapin as well as pianist Paul Bley and guitarist Michael Musillami. Like writers such as Vladimir Nabokov and John O’Hara, whose later fiction was at least as eminent as their work as younger scribblers, one could say Pavone has improved with age. MORE

June 1, 2016

Mario Pavone

Blue Dialect
Clean Feed CF 319 CD

By Ken Waxman

Prose masters such as Ernest Hemingway always wrote with an economy of style, without a word out of place. In a musical context the concept can be applied to the playing and composing of bassist Mario Pavone. That’s because nine originals which make up Blue Dialect mostly feature his trio members, pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. When Pavone steps forward for a brief solo or to add additional though pinpointed phrasing or motion to a line, he strengthens the performance without bring attention to himself. MORE

May 12, 2006

Mario Pavone Sextet

Deez To Blues
Playscape PSR#J050505

Super-sizing his usual combo to a six-pack, veteran bassist Mario Pavone celebrates his 40th year in music with this hard-swinging CD of original compositions, mostly arranged by sideman, trumpeter Steven Bernstein of Sex Mob fame.

New to the Pavone orbit are Howard Johnson, a triple threat on tuba, baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, who provides a welcome low-pitched anchor, and violinist Charles Burnham, known for his work with the Odyssey trio, adding string quivers that range from classic Swing lines to near Old Timey country hoedowns. Returning are subtle drummer Michael Sarin and pianist Peter Madsen, whose flashing runs wring nuances from the music without hogging the spotlight. MORE

January 19, 2004

MARIO PAVONE AND HIS NU TRIO/QUINTET

Orange
Playscape PSR#J061803

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A Bright Nowhere
Matchless MRCD 55

Turning on its head the old NRA slogan of “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” and actually that way making a modicum of sense out of its twisted message, these bands show that instruments don’t make the music, people do.

For both these quintets consist of improvisers playing the exact same instruments and ones which make up the prototypical hard bop quintet. Yet the advanced music played by Mario Pavone’s quintet -- and trio -- is anything but typical boppish fare. Meantime the Conditions twist the sounds arising from trumpet, tenor saxophone, piano, bass and drums into original fare that owes more to extended free improvisation than freebop. MORE

February 24, 2003

MICHAEL MUSILLAMI/MARIO PAVONE

Pivot
Playscape PSR #J21001

Quirky, jaunty, yet uncomplicated improvisations produced by Michael Musillami, Mario Pavone and their quintet have an antecedent in Chico Hamilton’s pace-setting quintets of the 1950s and 1960s.

Hopefully guitarist Musillami and bassist Pavone will take this as a compliment. For in terms of instrumentation, skill and sheer joy of playing, drummer Hamilton’s West Coast combo was as pace setting as it was musically satisfying.

Over the years, West Coast jazz has got a bad rap. But bands like the drummer’s which initially included multi-reedist Buddy Collette, pioneering jazz cellist Fred Katz, inimitable guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Carson Smith, were able to show that you could be inventive and exploratory without being heavy handed about it. Surely Musillami, a California native, must have heard the band in his youth. MORE

July 13, 2002

MARIO PAVONE

Mythos
Playscape PSR#J111401

Veteran bassist Mario Pavone better watch out. His writing and playing could breathe new life to the standard jazz piano trio format, which in other hands is mired in predictability. Of course, as this eye-opening CD, split between trio and quintet tracks shows, he may also be able to do the same for the traditional two-horns-and-rhythm jazz quintet.

What does Pavone have that others lack? Well, for a start, it’s experience. At 62, he’s been involved in modern genres that encompassed screaming energy music, calm modern composition and creative freebop, finally settling on his mixture of sound and silence. Influenced by the approach of intellectual playing partners like multi-reedist Anthony Braxton and pianist Paul Bley, Pavone was heavily involved in the group sound created in the 1970s and 1980s by his contemporaries such as drummer Gerry Hemingway, brassman Wadada Leo Smith and multi-woodwind player Thomas Chapin. MORE

November 5, 2001

MARIO PAVONE OCTET

Totem Blues
Knitting Factory Works KFW 292

Maybe there's hope for some of the Young Lions after all.

Just as long as they're placed in the context where their chops and ideas are utilized as part of a larger concept, then they perform admirably. This octet CD with band split down the middle -- half-callow musicians and half veterans -- proves the point. Of course, it also helps to have a visionary leader and composer at the helm. Which is where bassist Mario Pavone comes into the picture

Best known for his collaborations with exploratory reedists Thomas Chapin and Anthony Braxton he has record several well-received CDs with largish group like this one, a few including some of the same players featured here. MORE