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Mario Pavone

Bassist/composer Mario Pavone has collaborated with both legendary innovators and today's most respected young musicians to consistently define the cutting edge of jazz for the past 40 years.

He has anchored the trios of Paul Bley (1968-72), Bill Dixon (1980's), and the late Thomas Chapin (1990-97), and co-led a variety of notable ensembles with Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Marty Ehrlich, and Michael Musillami. His list of sidemen past and present includes Steven Bernstein, Gerald Cleaver, Dave Douglas, Peter Madsen, Tony Malaby, Joshua Redman, George Schuller, Michael Sarin, Craig Taborn, and Matt Wilson among many others.

And, unlike most artists whose careers span five decades, his most recent recordings are his most widely acclaimed, appearing on best-of- the- year lists from Slate.com, AllAboutJazz.com, AllAboutJazz-New York, Coda, Village Voice, and The New York Times among others.

Although a long career in jazz awaited him, Pavone never received formal music training and didn't seriously encounter jazz until his freshman year at the University of Connecticut in 1958. Growing up in Waterbury, Connecticut, he developed a fondness for black R&B vocal groups, as well as the 1940's movie music he heard as a child, but a college friend's jazz record collection—and seeing John Coltrane one fateful night at the Village Vanguard in 1961—set him on the musical path. With legendary guitarist/fellow Waterbury native Joe Diorio's encouragement, Pavone rented a bass in the summer of 1964 and began plucking out the percussive sound that would become his trademark.

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...his work has never been less than compelling.
-Ben Ratliff, New York Times

He attacks his acoustic bass, strumming the strings, pulling on them forcefully, as if the music inside was hiding. His melodies erupt from his instrument, usually with the rhythmic pattern set inside so that his cohorts know exactly which direction Pavone wants the song to go.
-Richard Kamins, Hartford Courant

Intense and absorbing music.
-Kenny Mathieson, Jazzwise

Pavone’s music is in constant flux and flow, flying along the outer edge of the envelope but never losing its grip on the basics.
-Fred Kaplan, The Absolute Sound

...Deez to Blues is impossible to tune out, impossible to turn down

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Blue Vertical

Out Of Your Head Records
2021

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Philosophy

Clean Feed Records
2019

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Chrome

Playscape Recordings
2017

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Vertical

Clean Feed Records
2017

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Street Songs

Playscape Recordings
2015

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Blue Dialect

Clean Feed Records
2015

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Deez

From: Deez to Blues
By Mario Pavone

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