There are certain constellations which seem to bring out the best in an already accomplished musician. Just think of the great rhythm sections of Art Pepper, John Coltrane and Miles Davis, and it's evident that individual mastery isn't all that is required to make magic. A superior sense of group interplay is also needed to aspire to improvisation that reaches beyond the easy effects-laden fireworks of an individual's technical mastery. Boston-based tenor saxophonist George Garzone has certainly found the right players to trigger the kind of transcendent play he is capable of. He may have had to ...read more
George Garzone is one of the unsung heroes of the saxophone, who is known for playing fast and hard. Anyone who has heard his legendary group, The Fringe, whether live or on record, can testify to his ability to blow any competition off the stand, but there is also a softer side to his playing and it is this other aspect of Garzone's art that comes into full fruition on Among Friends, which finds him exploring the mood and aesthetic of the ballad.
With the tenorist is the young Danish bassist Anders Christensen, but otherwise, it is a seasoned cast ...read more
George Garzone The Music of George Garzone & The Triadic Chromatic Approach Jody Jazz 2008
Boston-based tenor saxophonist George Garzone is one of the most overlooked giants of modern improvisation. Primarily designed for intermediate and advanced musicians interested in expanding their improvisational toolkit, this two-disc DVD set contains step-by-step instructions, narrated and demonstrated by Garzone, on how to develop a Triadic Chromatic Approach."
In simplified terms, the concept entails generating note sequences by playing a major or minor triad in any inversion and then moving a half-step up or down ...read more
An esoteric system and guru status among musicians makes for an easy target in today's niche-driven market. Terms like musician's musician and classicist start getting thrown around as a way to commodify and explain away public indifference. This, luckily, is a non-issue for George Garzone. The veteran saxophonist has avoided pigeonholing his entire career, letting his emotionally resonant music speak for itself. We never put in any boundaries on the music," said the saxophonist of his longstanding group The Fringe on a break between classes at the New School, Fuck it, we just go for it."Born in Boston ...read more
Sometime after the death of John Coltrane and before the rise of the conservative button-down star as repertoire performer, the influence that Trane had over jazz waned. It’s not that he was forgotten, but that his music required such a commitment from a musician that it must have scared away most by sheer intimidation. Within the past twenty years, musicians like Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman, Pharoah Sanders, David S. Ware, Roy Campbell, Julius Hemphill, and George Garzone have taken up the challenge and beauty of Coltrane.
In George Garzone’s case, Coltrane has never been far afield from his own voice. ...read more
Legendary Boston saxophonist George Garzone may not quit his day job as a jazz educator, but with each record he releases, the more fans and critical attention he garners. He plays sideman to Joe Lovano on his upcoming Blue Note release and has stood as equal on his own 1996 Fours And Twos (NYC). Like Lovano, he is a descendant of the Coltrane school of the tenor saxophone. That is evident on the opening track, which recalls “A Love Supreme”, and his take on “Summertime,” a song forever associated with Trane. Joining Garzone are his regular trio, known as The ...read more