Mario Pavone: Tepito




Mario Pavone (bass)


Toulon Days (New World / Countercurrents 80420-2)

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Mario Pavone (bass), Thomas Chapin (alto sax), Joshua Redman (tenor sax),

Steve Davis (trombone), Hotep Idris Galeta (piano), Steve Johns (drums)


Composed by Mario Pavone


Recorded: New York, November 17-18, 1991


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Mario Pavone has been an inspirational leader of progressive bands, a strong self-taught bassist, and an adventurous composer influenced by the likes of Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Charles Mingus, and Julius Hemphill. He was also a longtime member of the late Thomas Chapin's trio, and Chapin is joined on Pavone's own stimulating Toulon Days by Joshua Redman, here making his recording debut.

The Chapin-Redman front line, augmented by trombonist Steve Davis, is heard at its best on Pavone's perky "Tepito." Galeta's insinuating piano ostinato sets up the staccato theme, which possesses a somewhat macabre Monkish character. Galeta's opening solo is both lilting and engagingly animated. Redman follows, his stylistic concept already confidently in place, as he combines swirling lines and imaginatively varied textures and rhythms with an airtight logic. Davis's full-bodied trombone solo is more sparsely melodic in contrast, before Chapin ups the energy level once again with his restlessly undulating post-bop improvisation. Chapin and Redman were two of the must-hear saxophonists during the '90s, until Chapin's tragic death from leukemia at age 40 in 1998. What a pleasure, therefore, to hear them together for this one and only time on an album.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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