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Blue Vertical

by Mario Pavone

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    CD of Mario Pavone / Dialect Trio +1 - Blue Vertical (OOYH 010), featuring a full inside spread of original artwork (CD only) by TJ Huff (

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  • Sheet Music + Digital Album

    Concert scores transcribed by Dave Ballou of Mario Pavone's final recording 'Blue Vertical.' Included in this download are PDF files for Blue Vertical, Good Treble, Isabella, OKWA, Philosophy Series, and Twardzik. They are available at pay-what-you-wish pricing (sorry, Bandcamp insists that we charge at least $1, but you do also get a DL for the track Blue Vertical), and we hope you enjoy following along with the recording, or even playing these tunes yourself! Let's keep Mario's incredible legacy alive and get this music out there. A big thanks to Dave Ballou for providing these scores, and allowing us to make them available to the public. There is no shipping for this item, we will email a .zip of the concert PDF scores upon receiving your order. Thanks!

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Twardzik 06:48
OKWA 07:32
Blue Poles 05:52
Isabella 07:56
Good Treble 05:33
Face Music 08:09


Mario Pavone - bass, compositions
Dave Ballou - trumpet, arrangements
Matt Mitchell - piano
Tyshawn Sorey - drums

This album is dedicated to Isabella Pavone (November 12,1996 - June 10, 2020).

I would like to thank the musicians Matt Mitchell and Tyshawn Sorey for their brilliant sensory delivery of these compositions and for their warm personal support; and Dave Ballou who also played brilliantly and who rendered these dynamic arrangements. Thank you to Dave Stoller, Ed Tetreault and Michael MacDonald for capturing the sound. And Adam Hopkins, thank you for your enthusiasm, expediency and support that brought this album to completion in record time. Finally, thank you to my wife Mary for her enduring love and guidance in this project.


Blue Vertical is to be the final recording by the legendary bassist and composer Mario Pavone, who passed on May 15 2021. Though in the final stages of a 17-year battle with cancer, Pavone pushed throughout April 2021 to make sure this music would be a part of his recorded legacy. On March 25 and 26 2021 he gathered his Dialect Trio with Matt Mitchell and Tyshawn Sorey (an active group since 2014), and the addition of his longtime collaborator Dave Ballou on trumpet, to record the music that has become Blue Vertical. Blue Vertical is releasing simultaneously with the album Isabella on Clean Feed Records. In the interview "Mario Pavone Makes His Final Statement" by journalist Kevin Whitehead (recently featured in Downbeat Magazine), Pavone said:

“I’m just happy to get these two releases done. It took every bit of energy, and the music is what got me through. I’ve had a great life and I’m so appreciative of all the players who jumped in and generously contributed, from the heart. I’m grateful, happy, satisfied with my life, ready to move to this next cycle.”


released June 18, 2021

All compositions by Mario Pavone (Pavo Publishing ) / BMI, and produced by Mario Pavone.
All arrangements by Dave Ballou.
Recorded on March 25 and 26, 2021 by Dave Stollar at Samurai Hotel Studio, Astoria, Queens, NYC.
Mixed by Ed Tetreault. Mastered by Michael MacDonald at AlgoRhythms Mastering.
Artwork and design by TJ Huff ( Cover photo by Maurice D. Robertson.

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Dave Ballou Baltimore, Maryland

Trumpeter/Composer Dave Ballou can be heard in a variety of settings; from solo trumpet improvisations to large ensembles performing notated compositions. His recordings as a leader can be found on the Steeplechase, CleanFeed and pfMentum record labels. Ballou is Professor of Music at Towson University in Towson, MD where he is the leader of the Jazz/Commercial Music program. ... more

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