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.