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Mario Pavone

Mario Pavone
Mario Pavone (photo: Ken Franckling)

One of the most significant influences on bassist Mario Pavone’s career was the enduring and profound connection he had with the late saxophonist Thomas Chapin, who died of leukemia in 1998. From 1980 to 1997, the two kindred spirits played nearly a thousand gigs together, greatly affecting each other’s compositional style. On his latest offering with his Nu Trio, Remembering Thomas (Knitting Factory Records), Pavone honors Chapin’s legacy.

“I wanted to perpetuate his music,” says the bassist, whose first big break came back in 1965 with the Paul Bley Trio. “He was a prolific composer. He wrote an amazing number of works for trio, quartet and larger works with strings, brass and woodwinds. As far as recording some of his trio music for this CD, I thought, ‘Why have another saxophonist set up to be compared to Thomas?,’ which is not an easy comparison. So it just struck me to put these compositions in a different context with piano trio.”

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