Since tonight is the official New York CD release party for the Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet’s Ancestors (Playscape Recordings) at Iridium, we thought it fitting to share some new reviews of the record, as well a live review of the band’s concert on Monday night that appears in today’s Hartford Courant.
In the January 2009 issue of AllAboutJazz-New York, Jeff Stockton wrote, “As befits a band with a bassist as its leader, it’s the rhythm section that drives the music, particularly Pavone’s springy bass and pianist Peter Madsen’s exploding chords. Along with drummer Gerald Cleaver they would make a fantastic recorded trio, but the inclusion of saxophonists Tony Malaby and Jimmy Greene make this small group sound like a rollicking big band.”
In his review in the Winter 2009 issue of Signal To Noise, Michael Rosenstein added, “Malaby and Greene (who both double on soprano) are a great fit, diving in with an uncanny sense of melodic invention and just the right touch of grit and muscle. Madsen’s piano anchors the music with a light touch and incredible sophistication, and Cleaver propels the music with a lithe sense of swing. The leader steers things with an assured sense of pulse and flow, his stalwart bass a guiding force throughout.”