The trio of musicians shared a form of musical kinship on a set that explored the music of Django Reinhardt
, including: "Manoir de Mes Reves," "Melodie au Crepuscule," and "Anouman." Rooted in blues, washed in the ornamentation and rhythmic variations of gypsy sounds, Carter laid the pipe to it amidst the complex workings of Gibbs's organ and Alex White's drums.
The high-energy set garnered audience reaction and applause throughout the performance, prodding the musicians, and creating a shared experience. The music walked, looped, and soared, while Carter swayed and danced onstage through most of the performance between bursts on his buzzing horn.
"Hang on to your heinies," Christian McBride
cautioned the audience while introducing the festival's closing act, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Thick grooves, slower in tempo, but always funky, had the crowd jumping and waving their arms on P-Funk classics including: "Flashlight," "Give up the Funk," and "Atomic Dog."
The 2018 installment of the Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Investment Managers, with its vast medley of sounds of styles, offered something for every musical taste and preference. We can only wonder about the musical palette next year's festival brings to the shores of Narragansett Bay. See you next time, Newport!
Photo Credit: Richard Conde