Mr. Pavone, an avant-garde bassist and composer, deals in abstraction. So when he set out to recall musically the world of postwar Waterbury — a city of ethnically diverse neighborhoods, united by the sound of the accordion — it was not a matter of grabbing a squeezebox and letting loose with vintage polkas, canned arias and the like.
“It was a matter of writing the music with my language,” he said last month in an apartment he keeps on the Upper West Side. “I wasn’t about to change that.”
Mr. Pavone’s language has been shaped over 50 years of making music with forward-thinking contemporaries like Paul Bley and Anthony Braxton. It will be heard loud and clear on Aug. 10 at the Litchfield Jazz Festival, where Mr. Pavone will lead a nonet in “Street Songs: The Accordion Project.”
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By Phillip Lutz
New York Times -- N.Y. / REGION | ARTS | CONNECTICUT