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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

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chico Hamilton, Jenny Scheinman, and Weather Report

Read "Chico Hamilton, Jenny Scheinman, and Weather Report" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show's eclectic playlist includes electric freakouts from Ray Russell and Jenny Scheinman, modern blues from Sarah Jane Morris, Fifties “cool jazz" from Chico Hamilton and Teddy Charles, and a large slice of 1971 Weather Report. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings ...

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Article: Play This!

Thomas Chapin Trio: Night Bird Song

Read "Thomas Chapin Trio: Night Bird Song" reviewed by Ken Laster


Thomas Chapin was a vital part of the underground free-jazz scene in the early 1990's in NYC and his native Connecticut. He was an innovative multi-reed player. His performances were always “edge of your seat" exciting affairs. He died young at age 40 from leukemia before gaining the notoriety he so deserved. Here is the Thomas ...

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Article: 72 Jazz Thrillers

The Most Exciting Jazz Albums Since 1969: 1995-1996

Read "The Most Exciting Jazz Albums Since 1969: 1995-1996" reviewed by Robert Middleton


Many people cite 1959 as one of the greatest years in jazz. Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (Columbia Records), Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic Records), Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet (Columbia Records), John Coltrane's Giant Steps (Atlantic Records), and Mingus Ah Um (Columbia Records) by Charles Mingus were the Jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Matt Mitchell: Oblong Aplomb

Read "Oblong Aplomb" reviewed by John Sharpe


On Oblong Aplomb pianist Matt Mitchell pays homage to the drummers in his life. In a way, it can be seen as a follow-up to his debut Fiction (Pi Recordings, 2013). That album, a duet with stickman Ches Smith, originated from Mitchell's practice of warming up for gigs with Tim Berne's Snakeoil by running through a ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Musillami Trio: Block Party

Read "Block Party" reviewed by Troy Dostert


A relentlessly active and inventive guitarist whose first recordings date back to the '80s, Michael Musillami began to hit his stride in the '90s alongside veterans of the New York downtown scene such as bassist Mario Pavone, drummer Michael Sarin and saxophonist Thomas Chapin. But one of his foremost partnerships took shape in the early 2000s, ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mario Pavone

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mario Pavone

All About Jazz is celebrating Mario Pavone's birthday today! 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 ...

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Article: Album Review

Dezron Douglas: Atalaya

Read "Atalaya" reviewed by Chris May


Atalaya is Dezron Douglas' first full-length album leading a band in over four years. The bassist's recent sightings have whet the appetite rather than deliver the main course. Black Lion (Self Produced, 2018), made with a sextet, attracted good notices, but was an EP. His appearance on drummer Makaya McCraven's Universal Beings (International Anthem, 2018) was ...

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Article: Album Review

David Bindman/Stefan Bauer/Michael Sarin: Relative Motion

Read "Relative Motion" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Reed player and composer David Bindman is most recognized for his decades in Royal Hartigan's Blood Drum Spirit group. Bindman has led a namesake sextet and ensemble and was a member of the Brooklyn Saxophone Quartet along with the late Fred Ho. The Relative Motion trio is a new collaboration with Stefan Bauer on marimba, and ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Favourite Recordings from 2021

Read "Favourite Recordings from 2021" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


As per usual, the first One Man's Jazz of a new year features music from my favourite recordings of the previous year, selected from a wide range of artists from 38 countries. I thought 2021 was a fine year for releasing some very good creative music, despite the dire effect of the pandemic on the rest ...


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