Mario Pavone’s Ancestors Is “Exciting, Substantial Stuff”

January 23, 2009

In a new post on his blog, Bay Area radio programmer Wedge, host of KZSU’s Memory Select on Friday’s from 3-6 p.m., delves into bassist/composer Mario Pavone‘s latest release, Ancestors (Playscape Recordings).

The recording, released in early November, is the debut of Pavone’s Double Tenor Quintet featuring saxophonists Tony Malaby and Jimmy Greene, pianist Peter Madsen and drummer Gerald Cleaver.

“It feels like a major step for an already accomplished leader,” he writes. “Malaby helped push boundaries on Pavone’s Boom album and sounds like he’s been let loose here. Greene is less rough-edged in his playing than Malaby but no less energetic, and the contrast of their styles is like an extra splash of color. You could argue [Madsen’s] got more to do with Ancestors’ sound than do the sax players. All this work is grounded by — sometimes led by — Pavone’s own thick, throttling bass lines and hardy solos, and Gerald Cleaver’s funky/free drumming. This is exciting, substantial stuff.”

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