Arc Trio: Mario Pavone
Mario Pavone – bass
Craig Taborn – piano
Gerald Cleaver – drums
1. Andrew
2. Eyto
3. Not Five Kimono
4. Box In Orange
5. Poles
6. Alban Berg
7. Hotep
8. Dialect
Arc Trio is veteran bassist/composer Mario Pavone's first live recording featuring Pavone on bass, pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Since joining the roster in April 2000, Pavone's recordings on the Playscape label include 11 releases as a leader or co-leader.

Arc Trio includes new compositions along with compositions from Pavone's archives, all recorded live at the historic Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village. In his liner notes Pavone writes, "I had considered the drawbacks of live recording... In the end my decision centered on the fact that the live experience is at the heart of improvised music."

In Arc Trio, Pavone credits his contribution to the record as "directly related to my near obsession and deep immersion in a handful of vinyl piano trio recordings", such as Steve Kuhn's Three Waves with Steve Swallow and the late drummer Pete LaRoca, Paul Bley's 1962 release Floater and Andrew Hill's Smokestack among others.

"He (Pavone) pops and wiggles, playing dark, rubbery and round tones. The emphasis is not on melody but on energy and passion. His playing doesn't waft; it strikes".
— Brad Farberman, Downbeat
"The bassist Mario Pavone always lends a group traction with his strong tone and ostinato patterns. He's been a quiet hero in east coast jazz since the 70's ,especially over the last dozen years or so, since his own bandleading life has flourished"
— Ben Ratliff, New York Times
"Un'opera assolutamente essenziale per apprezzare gli elementi costitutivi dell'espressivita jazz che Pavone e soci impinguano di esclusiva modernita."
— Giuseppe Mavilla,
It is no doubt be one of this year's best... If you base your expectations on what you think a jazz piano trio should be, then this trio was way beyond any regular expectations.
— Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
...they all but burn down the Cornelia Street Café, where the set was recorded...
— Bill Shoemaker,
The 3-way conversation never flags, the interactions are exciting and the music challenging.
— Richard Kamins, Step Tempest