Mario Pavone – “Vertical” (Clean Feed, 2017)

“Vertical” – it’s a new avant-garde jazz album released by “Clean Feed Records”. Album had been played by Mario Pavone and his ensemble – it’s Mario Pavone (double bass), Dave Ballou (trumpet), Tony Malaby (tenor and soprano saxophone), Oscar Noriega (clarinet and bass clarinet), Peter McEachern (trombone) and Mike Sarin (drums). All musicians of these ensemble are famous and talented avant-garde jazz masters and great experimentators. They put against different and very contrasting music elements, search out for new timbres and sounds, try out many different and innovative playing techniques. Musicians had been improvising together many times in the past. Their melodies and musical experiments gently combine in one composition.

Album has 11 compositions. All of them are very different and contrasting against each other. Avant-garde jazz elements are gently combined with bebop, post-bop, other modern jazz styles and some sort of blues and traditional jazz styles. Sharp harmony, free, creative and expressive melodies, rigorous and active collective improvisations, different improvisations contrasting with each other – these are basic elements of these improvisations. Musicians pay high attention to search different – innovative, creative and unheard – sound. The high variety of styles, musical expressions and strange, peculiar sounds make the music of this album more effective and original. All musicians are improvising innovative, expressive and creative, their melodies are full of stylistic waves, surprises and sound effects. Creative, free and expressive improvisations, high variety of musical expressions and experiments and many other music elements make effective and original sound of this album.

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