Playscape CD, "Arc Suite T/Pi T/Po", the shows and the music serve as a 70th Birthday celebration for Pavone. The music on the CD (reviewed here) gives notice that the Waterbury native is not about to meander off into the sunset (heck, we should all look and sound so good.) Like much of his music, the new material is built from the bass outward - many of the songs have great forward propulsion (supplied by drummer Gerald Cleaver and pianist Peter Madsen) and feature concise but wide-ranging solos.
Cleaver and Madsen (who is a splendid accompanist and soloist) will be on the bandstand on Friday along with Dave Ballou (trumpet) plus the Double Tenor saxophones of Andrew Bishop and Marty Ehrlich. My understanding is that the 8:30 show is already sold out but there is still room for the 10 p.m. set. My suggestion is to call 203-785-0468 and get your tickets now - the nice folks at the Firehouse will also put you on the waiting list for the first show. For more information, go to www.firehouse12.com. To check out Mario Pavone, go to his site at www.mariopavone.com.