LONGMEADOW, MA -- Playscape Recordings is proud to announce the October 14th release of the Mario Pavone Nu Trio/Quintet's Orange
(PSR#J061803), the follow-up to the all-star group's acclaimed 2002 release, Mythos
(PSR#J111401), which was named to best of the year lists by the Village Voice
, AllAboutJazz.com and Slate.com. In the same vein as its predecessor, Orange
features four tracks by the veteran bassist/composer's core trio, which first recorded 1999's Remembering Thomas
(Knitting Factory), along with five quintet tracks, which add trumpeter/arranger Steven Bernstein and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby. The group plans to celebrate its new release with Northeast performances in December.
Bernstein, Malaby, and pianist Peter Madsen all return from Mythos
, with the prolific Gerald Cleaver taking sole possession of the drum chair from Matt Wilson and Mike Sarin. "There's more quintet on this record," explains Pavone, "and it's also more colorful and soulful. My writing is evolving and the collaboration I have with Steven Bernstein as arranger really works. Now that the group is older, we also have a more fluid interaction, which allows us to create new music like this in the studio and have it sound like we've explored it on the road."
A former industrial engineer who didn't pick up a bass until he was 24, Pavone has been an active jazz performer since the late 60's, with a career characterized by fruitful long-term collaborations with Anthony Braxton, Thomas Chapin, Bill Dixon, Marty Ehrlich and most recently guitarist/Playscape founder Michael Musillami. He has recorded as a leader since the early 80's, including Joshua Redman's sideman debut Toulon Days
(1991, New World), the DownBeat
five-star-rated Song for (Septet)
(1993, Knitting Factory), and the award-winning Remembering Thomas
(1999, Knitting Factory). Orange
is Pavone's seventh appearance on the Playscape label, six of them as leader or co-leader, and his photographic art graces the covers of many others.