Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
286

Mario Pavone: Sharpville

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count Views
Mario Pavone: Sharpville This reissue of bassist Mario Pavone’s self-produced 1985 session is an opportunity to hear creative music just as it was breaking into what we now call the ‘Downtown’ scene. Both Thomas Chapin and Marty Ehrlich were in their early thirties and had yet to make a name for themselves as leaders. As it appears that the famed Knitting Factory will soon close, the phenomena it spawned (or more accurately took undeserved credit for), had its roots in the jazz rebels of the 1960s and 1970s.

Of course Mario Pavone was a product of the creative NY loft scene that survived the dark ages of jazz/rock fusion. Thomas Chapin and Marty Ehrlich came along will truckloads of talent, and energy just as the Downtown scene was moving back into clubs. This recording, although 15 years old, directs you straight to that scene but also recalls two pioneers Charles Mingus and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Pavone, like Mingus before him, is a powerful force at the bass. The three solo pieces recorded conjure Mingus and well, Pavone. Like William Parker, Pavone has a strong presence (both spiritually and physically) at his bass. He would go on to anchor the groups of Thomas Chapin, who died of cancer in 1998. But all the element of their sound is present here: the quick changing ideas, the stop/start approach, and the gentleness of sound. Pairing Ehrlich with Chapin was, on flute, like pairing Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Eric Dolphy. Ehrlich even pulls out his clarinet for the final track's workout. The title track adds Mark Whitecage, Peter McEachem and John Betch for what seem to be a preview of Pavone’s compositional and arranging talents that he later displayed on his excellent New World Records discs Toulon Days and Song For (Septet). The energy level of this never dissipates. This is a wonderful reclamation of an out-of-print gem.


Track Listing: Bi Cycle; Bass Ballad; Three M; Double; Two Flutes; Sharpeville; Chimera; Aku; Ark Two; 4 Up, 1 Down.

Personnel: Mario Pavone

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Playscape Recordings | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop For Jazz

  • Deez
    Deez
    Mario Pavone
    Deez to Blues
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Blue Dialect
Blue Dialect
Clean Feed Records
2015
buy
Street Songs
Street Songs
Playscape Recordings
2015
buy
Street Songs
Street Songs
Playscape Recordings
2014
buy
[no cover]
Arc Trio
Croatia Records
2013
buy
Arc Suite t/pi t/po
Arc Suite t/pi t/po
Playscape Recordings
2010
buy
Trio Arc
Trio Arc
Playscape Recordings
2008
buy
William Parker William Parker
bass, acoustic
Thomas Chapin Thomas Chapin
saxophone
Fred Anderson Fred Anderson
saxophone
Tim Berne Tim Berne
saxophone
Herb Robertson Herb Robertson
trumpet
Henry Grimes Henry Grimes
bass, acoustic
Oliver Lake Oliver Lake
saxophone

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.