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Mario Pavone Nu Trio/Quintet: Orange

Bassist Mario Pavone worked as an industrial engineer before he switched to jazz full-time, and it’s hard to imagine that the bassist’s first career didn’t have some sort of influence on his current one. Perhaps best known for his association with Anthony Braxton and his regular presence for years in Thomas Chapin’s trio, Pavone has released a steady stream of work on his own, and it all comes packed with Pavone’s muscular, streamlined music. Not dense but rather compacted or designed to eliminate dead weight, Pavone’s postbop compositions mix a biting intelligence with a hard-wound feel for the blues.

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