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John Fedchock New York Sextet: Live at the Red Sea Jazz Festival

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There is a rugged elegance in the kinetic energy that propels the music played by John Fedchock's New York Sextet. The performances on Live at the Red Sea Music Festival hark back to the hard driving live bebop performances that powered on in the best venues during the '50s and '60s. This does not mean that Fedchock's music is patently imitative; rather it is wildly inventive, as it pays tribute to one of the most enduring metaphors of jazz. Not only that, Fedchock is a wildly creative composer who suggests melodies that turn into spectacular edifices because of the magnificent ...

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John Fedchock NY Sextet: Live at the Red Sea Jazz Festival

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It was a performance that began at 1:00 AM in the heat of the desert, but if the sound is any indication, the John Fedchock NY Sextet was cool during its recording of Live at the Red Sea Jazz Festival. Fedchock is a composer, arranger and trombonist who earned a Grammy nomination in 2002 for No Nonsense (Reservoir Music), recorded with his big band. After critical acclaim for Hit the Bricks (Reservoir Music, 2000), he formed the NY Sextet. “Elvin's Empire" is a symphony of cool, with the horns harmonizing on the easygoing melody. Drummer Dave ...

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John Fedchock NY Sextet: Live at the Red Sea Jazz Festival

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Whenever another musical project from Grammy-nominated trombonist/arranger John Fedchock is announced, what most likely comes to mind is another large ensemble album with his renowned New York Big Band. Not so this time, as The John Fedchock NY Sextet presents its hard-driving recording debut, from a 2008 live performance at the Red Sea Jazz Festival held in the City of Eilat, Israel--described as an oasis in the southern Negev Desert located on the northern part of the Red Sea. After seeing the group's show featured in a national broadcast of the festival on Israeli television, and being impressed with the ...

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John Fedchock: Dedicated to Clifford Brown

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On October 30, 31 and November 1, 2008, the University of the Arts will hold an exciting symposium and series of concerts dedicated to the memory of the great trumpeter, Clifford Brown. This interview, with trombonist/big band leader John Fedchock, is the second of two interviews conducted in advance of this event, sponsored by the University of the Arts and the Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Project, the first being with legendary saxophonist Lou Donaldson.At the performance, Fedchock will be premiering a new big band composition dedicated to Clifford Brown, featuring the Lars Halle Big Band and trumpeter Jon Barnes. ...

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John Fedchock: Up & Running

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If there is reader out there old enough to have heard a Swing Era big band live, then you might know what the phrase “full roar" implies. Even on record, the sheer sound of Ellington, Basie, Lunceford, Calloway, Goodman, Shaw or Herman bands can be hard to beat in the goose bump department. Add the John Fedchock New York Big Band to that list. Big bands died primarily because of economics, but also there is an inverse correlation between player freedom and the size of an ensemble, and many of the better soloists chafed at the lack ...

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John Fedchock New York Big Band: Up & Running

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Any discussion pertaining to the state of contemporary big band music must inevitably include the John Fedchock New York Big Band (JFNYBB), for its sound exemplifies what the genre is all about. Together for almost two decades, this is a seasoned ensemble of world-class musicians led by Grammy-nominated trombonist John Fedchock. Up & Running is his latest release of five new originals and five rearranged standards of blowing the house down big band orchestrations.

Grammy-nominated for “Best Instrumental Arrangement of “Caribbean Fire Dance in 2003, this master arranger weaves his magic again, best typified by the George Gershwin ...

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John Fedchock's New York Big Band: No Nonsense

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By the time this review has been written and (I hope!) read, trombonist John Fedchock will be on the final leg of a seven-month-long world tour that has included stops in Sweden, Norway, South Africa and a number of cities here in the US. Before leaving, Fedchock and his star-laden New York Big Band gathered at Avatar Studios in the Big Apple to record their third album for Reservoir Records, and it's a corker from end to end.

Fedchock, as good a writer as he is a player (trust me: that's plenty good), composed half of ...

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John Fedchock: Hit the Bricks

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A native of Cleveland, Ohio, trombonist and arranger John Fedchock cut his teeth by serving as musical director of one of Woody Herman's last ensembles. Subsequently, he found himself working with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and writing charts for his own New York Big Band, the latter group being documented on Fedchock's previous two Reservoir releases. Giving us a different perspective on his many talents, Fedchock's Hit the Bricks opts for a small band approach that also benefits from such great sidemen as Allen Farnham, Chris Potter, and Scott Wendholt.

Making for a fine mix ...

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John Fedchock: Hit The Bricks

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His two big band albums are terrific. Now trombonist John Fedchock leads a quartet on a session that incorporates ballads with up-tempo romps and fresh originals with existing compositions. Three tracks add trumpet and tenor saxophone for a larger sound. The title track comes from Fedchock's vast experience, placing a big band chart in the hands of a sextet. Driving with a hard-nosed direction, the sextet covers the territory well. Kenny Barron's “Twilight" stands out as another high point of the album, with Fedchock's buttery trombone tone pushing a deliberate tempo. In 3/4 time, “Giant Steps" runs amok like a ...

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John Fedchock: Hit The Bricks

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His two big band albums are terrific. Now trombonist John Fedchock leads a quartet on a session that incorporates ballads with up-tempo romps and fresh originals with existing compositions. Three tracks add trumpet and tenor saxophone for a larger sound. The title track comes from Fedchock's vast experience, placing a big band chart in the hands of a sextet. Driving with a hard-nosed direction, the sextet covers the territory well. Kenny Barron's “Twilight" stands out as another high point of the album, with Fedchock's buttery trombone tone pushing a deliberate tempo. In 3/4 time, “Giant Steps" runs amok like a ...

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John Fedchock: New York Big Band

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The liner notes are well-written and point out that this big band grew out of the last Woody Herman band. Fedchock has done all the arranging and takes a fair number of solos; he's good. Three of the numbers, "Limehouse Blues," "Blues Du Jour", and "Nightshades" start out with just a piano trio and build from that. I like to hear something like that; different from the ordinary big band format. "Nightshades" is particularly interesting because it returns to the piano trio format near the end and then closes with the whole band softly turning it over. This ...



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