Michael Musillami / Mario Pavone

Pivot

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Guitarist Michael Musillami and bassist Mario Pavone set out to design this outing with the intentions of employing rhythmic structures to be used as the compositional underpinnings. Hence, the base guitar trio revolves around the melodic components, as the band utilizes space and linear movements as a core methodology. They also incorporate various modes of the swing element throughout Pivot.

Pavone's booming, acoustic basslines provide a strong, yet pliant framework for Musillami's mid-toned electric guitar voicings. Otherwise, the dual horn section provides the accentuations and emphasis to the rhythmic movements as the guitarist intertwines sleek, jazzy, single-note runs with deftly executed chord progressions. However, the majority of these tracks feature a bevy of twists, turns and bouncy pulses. The band is apt to turn up the heat on occasion, such as the torrid swing grooves witnessed on "Drop Op." The musicians are most definitely up to something here via an abundance of strong soloing spots, ascending movements, and an airy, group sound.

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