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LONGMEADOW, MA -- On March 21st, Playscape Recordings will release Deez To Blues (PSR#050505), bassist/composer Mario Pavone's 17th recording as a leader/co-leader and his third to feature trumpeter/arranger Steve Bernstein. Recorded in May 2005, following tours of Western Europe and the Greater New York area celebrating his 40th anniversary in music, Deez To Blues documents six new original Pavone compositions that feature his trademark style of putting the rhythm section at the center of the action and casting traditional lead instruments in a supporting role. In addition to Bernstein, Pavone's new sextet, which also performs the Marty Ehrlich composition, "Day of the Dark Bright Light," features Howard Johnson (tuba, baritone sax and bass clarinet), Charles Burnham (violin), Peter Madsen (piano) and Michael Sarin (drums).

Critics note that Pavone "continues to move the tradition forward with every record" (John Kelman, and "his work has never been less than compelling," (Ben Ratliff, New York Times), singling out original compositions that "mix a biting intelligence with a hard-wound feel for the blues" (Aaron Steinberg, JazzTimes), "grab the listener from start to finish" (Michael Rosenstein, Signal to Noise) and "foster group interplay as they gnaw on underlying melodic fragments with unpredictable metric shifts, substantial collective creativity, and a sense of humor" (Jay Collins, One Final Note). "Pavone's agreeable music should hold appeal for listeners of both inside and outside persuasions," adds the All Music Guide's Dave Lynch, "from those enamored of hard bop and post-bop through to those favoring more open-ended styles of jazz exploration."

Pavone has helped define the cutting edge of jazz for the last 40 years, both as a sideman to legendary innovators and the leader of groups featuring some of today's most respected young improvisers. A former member of trios led by Paul Bley (1968-72), Bill Dixon (1980's) and Thomas Chapin (1990-97), he has also co-led variety of notable ensembles with Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Marty Ehrlich, and Michael Musillami. His list of sidemen past and present includes Gerald Cleaver, Dave Douglas, Tony Malaby, Joshua Redman, George Schuller, Craig Taborn, and Matt Wilson among many others, and his recordings have appeared on best-of-the-year lists from,, AllAboutJazz-New York, Cadence, Coda, and the Village Voice among others. In addition to his ongoing activities as a bandleader, Pavone's artwork and photography have graced the covers of dozens of recordings since the mid 90's, and he currently serves as an educator, administrator and board member for the Litchfield Jazz Festival and Litchfield Summer Jazz Music Institute in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Media Contact for Playscape Recordings:
Scott Menhinick, Improvised Communications

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  • Artist / Group Name: Mario Pavone
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