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This is the first I ever heard of The Red Sea Jazz Festival, and now I want to attend. Especially to have been there for this mind-blowing performance by The Fringe. Live jazz, and the recording is superb. This continues a mystery in my mind. It is normal suspect, if not out right shun, a live recording of pop or rock. The performers rush the temp and are slightly out of tune. The recording quality is sub-average. This is not so in jazz, with live recordings providing portraits of stunning extemporaneous moments as the sax foray on "The Call." All this sound from a three-piece! Merely employing sax, bass and drums and The Fringe come on strongly impressive. Saxophonist George Garzone is masterfully eloquent, easily ranging from cosmic sunbursts to lyrical interludes. Stand-up bassist John Lockwood is an artisan of great care and economy. His switching between plucking and bowing in "Our Fathers" brings out an animate conversation on a single instrument. I can think of no better jazz recording that has come my way in 1997.


Genre: Jazz

Tenor-saxophonist George Garzone, a well-respected educator at Berklee and a versatile improviser, formed the Fringe (along with bassist Richard Appleman and drummer Bob Gullotti) so as to have an outlet in order to improvise quite freely. The original unit recorded three albums for their Ap-Gu-Ga label (named after the first two letters of their last names) during 1978-82. By the time of their fourth and thus far final release for their label in 1986, John Lockwood was the band's bassist. Under...
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