bassist * composer * improviser

Matt Pavolka

#16 The Beachcomber Review

Matt Pavolka

The Horns Band 

Fresh Sound 

Listening to track one of Pavolka’s The Horns Band, I thought I was hearing some early Miles Davis recording, like Birth of the Cool. Cornetist Kirk Knuffke first leads the band, then steps aside and lets the guys chase him, etc. Bassist Pavolka’s ad hoc combo boasts cornet, alto and trombone, plus drums. The pace is sometimes quick and the tone gets cheerfully dissonant, but when anchored by bass and ‘bone, the group serves up some woozy, tango-dream sounds that beg for a movie to go with. If you think of a drunken wedding band, that may be intentional.

Bruce Collier


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