Bassist Mario Pavone has been digging into the depths and moving toward the outer limits for half a century, both as a flexible backbone of and a communicative partner in bands led by Paul Bley, Bill Dixon and Thomas Chapin, and as a leader with expansive visions all his own. The jazz avant-garde holds him near and dear, but his language doesn’t necessarily lean hard left. In fact, it’s downright direct and pointed in presentation. Or at least that’s the case when his Dialect Trio gets down to business.
This particular outfit, first introduced on record with 2015’s Blue Dialect, is robust and rubbery. And it’s a group that’s only gotten better over time. With the leader’s bass serving as catalyst and pugilist, protean drummer Tyshawn Sorey whirling behind the kit and pianist Matt Mitchell connecting the dots and painting angular canvases above and within the fray, Chrome proves to be utterly captivating. It’s most certainly an information-dense event, but don’t let the occasional ruckus fool you: This is one cohesive and coherent beast of a record.