176

Mario Pavone - Nu Trio: Remembering Thomas

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Remembering Thomas is a heartfelt yet fiery tribute to the late saxophonist/composer Thomas Chapin performed by bassist Mario Pavone’s “Nu Trio”. A monster bassist who possesses remarkable technique, Pavone was the cornerstone for Chapin’s much beloved and highly regarded trio. Here, the “Nu Trio” featuring drummer Matt Wilson and pianist Peter Madsen perform four Chapin original compositions among pieces by Monk, Annette Peacock and Pavone.

What we have here is a spirited and needless to state, “highly motivated” set as these gents set the often furious pace in expeditious fashion which is evident from the opening seconds of the Thomas Chapin composition titled, “Don’t Mind If I Do”. On this piece, pianist Peter Madsen effortlessly articulates swirling arpeggios like a whirling dervish atop the hip and somewhat Bop-ish style drumming by the excellent Matt Wilson. The Trio swing hard, which is heightened by Madsen’s rapidly executed block chords and complex chord progressions as Madsen eventually trades fours with the speedy and quite clever drumming of Wilson. Here and throughout, we are treated to hearing a rhythm section who operate on an elevated plane! Annette Peacock’s “Miracles” is linear in scope and at times borders free jazz via subtly stated themes. Chapin’s “Bypass” is driven by Matt Wilson’s straight four backbeat and Pavone’s large and commanding tone as he also prods Madsen into generating cavalcades of lyrically rich development through rapid clusters and swift single note runs. Pavone and Wilson stretch out as a relentless halo of excitement hovers over this band, which continues on Pavone’s “Jam-Ming” as the Trio swing at a torrid pace. On “Monk’s “Raise Four” Madsen repeats the familiar motif as a vehicle for lead soloist Mario Pavone who inventively counters the melody. Thomas Chapin’s “Insomnia” is comprised of vertical movement and conversational dialogue as Wilson is in a frenzy performing on his “snare drum” utilizing rim shots and huge press rolls which functions as a bridge to the finale.

Remembering Thomas is a first class homage to the late saxophonist as this “Nu Trio” pick up the pieces and forge ahead into a new era while retaining Thomas Chapin’s spiritual presence - as if Chapin was glancing down from above, providing wisdom and guidance. Highly Recommended! * * * * ½

Personnel:

Mario Pavone; Bass: Matt Wilson; Drums: Peter Madsen; Piano

Knitting Factory website: www.knittingfactory.com

| Record Label: Knitting Factory | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Brasil L.I.K.E" CD/LP/Track Review Brasil L.I.K.E
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 30, 2016
Read "Magic Light" CD/LP/Track Review Magic Light
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 25, 2016
Read "Lowdown Hoedown" CD/LP/Track Review Lowdown Hoedown
by Paul Rauch
Published: January 18, 2017
Read "Reciprocity" CD/LP/Track Review Reciprocity
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 15, 2016
Read "Navigation Without Numbers" CD/LP/Track Review Navigation Without Numbers
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 3, 2016
Read "Live in Japan" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Japan
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!