Bassist/composer Matt Pavolka is a vital force in the New York Jazz and Creative Music world. As a sideman, he has performed with Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Guillermo Klein, Chris Cheek, Kevin Hayes, Ben Monder, House of Illusion, Pete McCann, Nate Radley, Rob Garcia, Noah Preminger, Josh Roseman’s Extended Constellations, Dave Binney, The Ryan Scott Orchestra, Magalie Souriou, Elysian Fields, Joe Beck, J. Geils, Tony Malaby, Bill McHenry, Matt Renzi and Ohad Talmor’s Newsreel.
Tonite he brings his horn group to LunÀtico which boasts a frontline of Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Rob Wilkerson on alto saxophone, & Brian Drye on trombone. Mark Ferber plays drums and the maestro himself plays bass and the occasional trombone.
The New York Times describes it as such:
"There’s a smattering of high-literary references on “The Horns Band” (Fresh Sound New Talent), an engrossing new album by the jazz bassist Matt Pavolka. Don’t get too hung up on them, or you might scare up more questions than answers — begin to wonder, for example, why “Vheissu,” inspired by Thomas Pynchon’s novel “V,” worries a single melodic phrase in a way that seems better suited to “Recollected Forward,” named after Kierkegaard’s concept of repetition. Anyway, what matters is Mr. Pavolka’s intently soulful writing for the cornetist Kirk Knuffke, the trombonist Jacob Garchik, the alto saxophonist Loren Stillman and the drummer Mark Ferber. Drawing from contemporary strategies as well as the small-group music of Duke Ellington, his compositions accomplish a lot with earthy beauty and shifting momentum. At their best, as on “That Night the Blind Man Dreamt That He Was Blind” (for José Saramago), they suggest a gradually forming picture."