~David R. Adler
Impressionism came to prominence over classical landscape painting when the techniques for accurate reproduction were considered less valuable than the ability to create a personal interpretation. The performance of the Joe Fiedler Trio at Barbès Feb. 15th was a triumph of this concept. Playing most of the material from the new Plays the Music of Albert Mangelsdorff album (Clean Feed), Fiedler (trombone), John Hebert (bass) and a subbing Michael Sarin (drums) used the compositions of the late legendary German as vibrant living material to shape rather than cold hard forms to present. Where the album was successful in capturing the feel of Mangelsdorff, the performance, with its longer more involved forays, distilled his live essence. The opening "Wheat Song showed that Fiedler dips more from the brash side of Mangelsdorff than the subtle but Hebert's pulse was absolutely authentic. "Now Jazz Ramwong took the audience back to Frankfurt in the '60s. "Rip Off is an example of Mangelsdorff's primary concern of making the trombone as voice-like as possible, Fiedler making his tonal shifts sound as natural as speaking. "Do Your Own Thing was a marvelously constructed, yet eminently composed, solo trombone piece while "Zores Mores hearkened back to post-bop but was taken out by the trio. But it was "Mayday Hymn , with its processed trombone multiphonics, that became the set's real tribute, an otherwordly dirge of wailing long tones.
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