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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 busy, intellectually occupied parody of "My Favorite Things." "Brazilian Fantasy" lays it out gently like a walk on the beach, while Fedchock's "Cool Customer," another session high point, lets loose with a Count Basie big band swing. Never one to pull any punches, John Fedchock has made a subtle change in direction while keeping the central focus of his music at its trombone-lover's best.
Track Listing: This Just In; Moon Alley; Steps En Trois (Giant Steps); Twilight; Hit the Bricks; Cool Customer; I?m Thru with Love; Empty Promises; Brazilian Fantasy.
Personnel: John Fedchock- trombone; Scott Wendholt- trumpet; Chris Potter- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone on "Brazilian Fantasy;" Allen Farnham- piano; Rufus Reid- bass; Dave Ratajczak- drums; Adrian D?Souza- percussion on "Brazilian Fantasy."
Years ago now--in Rhodesia--listening to Voice of America with Willis Conover I heard Bunk Johnson play When The Saints Go Marching In, and Billie Holiday sing Don't Explain. I knew then there was no other life for me than jazz.