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Mario Pavone: Street Songs (2014)

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Mario Pavone: Street Songs Listing an accordion in a jazz sextet's lineup evokes either thoughts of avant-garde leanings or maybe kitschy hipsterism. Not so for bassist Mario Pavone
Mario Pavone
Mario Pavone
b.1940
bass
.

Street Songs includes Adam Matlock's bellows-driven squeezebox, not as a gimcrack ornament, but a link to the immigrant working class neighborhood music of Pavone's post-WW II youth. The musician's history is significant because his bass has anchored modern music including bands by innovators such as Paul Bley
Paul Bley
Paul Bley
b.1932
piano
, Bill Dixon
Bill Dixon
Bill Dixon
1925 - 2010
trumpet
, Thomas Chapin
Thomas Chapin
Thomas Chapin
1957 - 1998
saxophone
, Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
b.1945
reeds
, and Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith
b.1941
trumpet
. As a leader he has released two dozen sessions with his previous being Arc Trio (Playscape, 2013). Pavone also leads his Orange Double Tenor sextet with Tony Malaby
Tony Malaby
Tony Malaby

sax, tenor
and Jimmy Greene
Jimmy Greene
Jimmy Greene

saxophone
>

This sextet swaps the tenors for a second bassist, Carl Testa, and accordionist. The remainder of the bandmates are his frequent collaborators, drummer Steve Johns, pianist Peter Madsen
Peter Madsen
Peter Madsen

piano
, and trumpeter Dave Ballou
Dave Ballou
Dave Ballou

trumpet
. As customary for Pavone-led groups, the music contains compelling compositions by the bassist and smart arrangements, the duties shared by Pavone, Ballou, and Steven Bernstein.

He navigates the opening track "Elkna" with a marching tone. Muted trumpet plays off the deep tones and tight bends of the piece. Matlock's accordion parades with the bass allowing for Madsen's Monk-like notes to spill forth. Pavone favors an intricate weave to his music with tight turns on "Streetsong," a sly and squiggly dance between players "Cobalt Stories," but also an urbane sense of swing, "Alban Berg." Ballou's horn completes the music here with crystal notes, gutbucket blats, and skittering waterbug expressions. The accordion flavors the music by separating the bowed bass of Testa from the plucked one of Pavone on "Deez." Its bellowed sounds make even the most cosmopolitan arrangements seem at home in the old neighborhood.


Track Listing: Elkna; Streetsong; Cobalt Stories; Short Story; Alban Berg; Mythos; The Dom; Dees; Eyto.

Personnel: Mario Pavone: bass; Dave Ballou: cornet,flugelhorn; Peter Madsen: piano; Adam Matlock: accordion; Carl Testa; bass; Steve Johns: drums.

Record Label: Playscape Recordings

Style: Modern Jazz


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