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George Garzone: The Fringe In New York

Saxophonist George Garzone’s led various editions of The Fringe, Boston’s finest free ensemble, over 25 years. During that time he’s remained true to his central mission: championing original compositions and searing improvisational works. There’s nothing detached or commercial in the music of Garzone or The Fringe; they’ve retained their popularity on the East Coast despite being relegated to working the avant-garde circuit and seldom appearing in prestigious venues.

The Fringe in New York not only represents their fourth release for the NYC label, it spotlights the trio working alongside special guest vibist Mike Mainieri, who doubled as producer. Mainieri’s dabbled previously in both third stream and fusion, but his work throughout this session ventures into the same territory as that of more adventurous players like Walt Dickerson, Karl Berger and the youthful Bobby Hutcherson. His solos include slashing rhythms, present an array of tonal colors and fit right into the fireworks generated by Garzone, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti.

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