Sun May 21, 2023

George Garzone Crescent Group (USA/SLO/A)

George Garzone: tenor saxophone
Lenart Krecic: tenor saxophone
Ameen Saleem: bass
Vladimir Kostadinovic: drums

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... And in „Giant Steps“ itself, Coltrane’s harmonic – steeplechase – étude, the band took special pains to play with expectations, flickering between a ballad tempo and the tune’s proper fast pace. But all through the set were surprises: solos, duos, four-way collective improvising, bass-clarinet interludes. With disparate phrasing and tone, the saxophonists varied the moods, and where they actually tried to replicate Coltrane’s loud, hard cry, they chose carefully. That keening almost always came from the fourth saxophonist, George Garzone, who could reproduce it without seeming glib, through a real understanding of Coltrane’s improvising strategies and his own modest gusto. It was good to hear, even better because he offered only a taste of it. (Ben Ratliff)