JazzReview.Com says: Mario Pavone and Michael Musillami’s association has been lengthy, both together and apart with several different groups. Perhaps you will hear the kindred spirits express mutual respect and the joy of working together.
First, this is a high-class production. There are some beautiful things happening. While Michael and Mario lead it, a word must immediately be given to Peter Madsen. He really knows how to make the piano sing. The first three tracks (“Foody,” “3M Blues,” and “Poet o Central Park”) are sophisticated, tight and mellow. Pavone does some mean bass on “Poet o Central Park” with Madsen fluttering all around in a way that would make a classical pianist cry…. with jealousy. Musillami sets a sweet melody in “Emmett Spencer” and grooves it nicely.
“New Socks” burns on to the scene with sheer energy for all to kick it up. Michael Sarin drums a lively rhythm while Madsen and Musillami share in the total creativity. “Lament in Passing” and “Song for M” are just plain pretty. Pavone delivers again in “Song for M,” but he’s not alone. It’s not a one or two-man show these strong musicians give it all they’ve got.
The tracks are complex, with more than one mood to offer on each. Intellectuals will probably have fun with this, but us basic listeners can certainly get into it. It’s a solid set of music with depth and spirit. Play on! -Denail Burbank