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The Mario Pavone (Dialect) Trio

$15 Cover ($10 Students) / Start 8pm / Doors 7:30pm

A provocative and historically important leading Jazz bassist fronting dynamic and gifted musicians in uncompromising and compelling music that is unconventional, exploratory yet with Post-Bop as a reference.

On the heels of their new recording “Chrome” (2017 Playscape)

Mario Pavone


“… Mario Pavone has a stellar reputation among fans of avant-garde jazz, particularly given his years as bassist for the Thomas Chapin Trio. But Pavone's agreeable music should hold appeal for listeners of both inside and outside persuasions, from those enamored of hard bop and post bop through to those favoring more open-ended styles of jazz exploration." —Dave Lynch, All Music Guide

Pavone has anchored the trios of Paul Bley (1968-72), Bill Dixon (1980's), and the late Thomas Chapin (1990-97), and co-led a variety of notable ensembles with Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Marty Ehrlich, and Michael Musillami.  

Now, we find him in the most conventional of trios the piano-double bass-drums one, doing again what he does best--unconventional, exploratory music with post-bop as a reference. With the bass player are two like-minded improvisers, pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, both carrying "five thousand terabytes of information" in them, as Dave Douglas put it once about the first.

A big part of the allure of Chrome is the head-bumping and elbow throwing between the three free spirited cohorts, all leaders in their own rights, the voices clash and clamber and somehow keep things coherent and approachable.

Matt Mitchell & Tyshawn Sorey

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 “A pianist of burrowing focus and an indispensable fixture of the contemporary vanguard”     Nate Chinen, The New York Times

“Sorey is fast becoming one of the most intriguing musicians and composers of his generation”, Free Jazz Blog

Mitchell and Sorey aren't exactly rising stars anymore; they've been around and now can be counted as relative newcomers to the top tier of jazz artists—a level they've reached via, in Wesleyan music professor Tyshawn Sorey's case, four sometimes challenging but always compelling releases on Pi Recordings, plus his recent awarding of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship Genius Grant Award.  And Matt Mitchell with his work on Tim Berne's high-and-outside Snake Oil recordings on ECM Records, a pianist of dynamic sensitivity and dauntless energy; and his put-it-in-the bank Best Release of 2017 spot for Forage (Pi Recordings, 2017), a vibrant, sometimes combustible solo piano exploration of the tunes of Tim Berne.


The Creative Music Series (CMS) was established in 1/ 2015, to showcase the work of adventurous jazz musicians from out-of-state, presenting them in intimate venues in the Cambridge/Somerville area.  My endeavor was a reaction to the apparent lack of invitations being extended to accomplished, new talent and even unknown musicians to the Boston arcea.  CMS has now begun to zero in on Boston based musicians who are creating their own projects with these out-of-town guests, and taking these musical risks to find an expression and gain a wider appreciation.

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