|Some Newport Jazz Festival fans |
arrived by water
Suffice it to say that Wayne Shorter's footprints were all over Newport this time around.
The saxophonist was the festival's guest of honor, three weeks before his 80th birthday. There were a few melodic references to his classic "Footprints" composition weaving in and out of his duet set opener with Herbie Hancock on Saturday afternoon. Hancock also reprised the original a bit later in the day when he sat in with trumpeter Terence Blanchard's band for its encore on the Quad Stage.
They were beaten to the punch chronologically the prior evening at Newport's One Eighty club by area talents. Bassist Dave Zinno, pianist Tim Ray and Bob Gullotti spent the night digging deep into a wide range of tunes - with a spirited intensity comparable to the Fringe, a Boston-area musical institution. And they wound down their final set with their own reconstruction of "Footprints."
|Tim Ray, Dave Zinno, Bob Gullotti|
Tenor saxophonist George Garzone, bassist Richard Appleman and Gullotti formed the Fringe 41 years ago while they were seniors at the Berklee College of Music. Lockwood succeeded Appleman in 1985 and the personnel has stayed intact ever since. The trio performs weekly in the Boston area and tours occasionally. It has had four homes - Michael's, The Willow (for 18 years), the Lizard Lounge and its current Monday night domain: The Lily Pad in Cambridge.
"It's therapy for me. It gets me through the rest of the week," Gullotti said between sets at the One Eighty. He said the Fringe has been very busy over the past year with several tours that followed the release of its 40th anniversary CD, 40 Years On The Fringe.