229

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

Edward Blanco By

Sign in to view read count
John Fedchock NY Sextet: Live at the Red Sea Jazz Festival 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 exceptional audio fidelity of the broadcast, Fedchock decided to obtain the festival's audio recording to permanently document the sextet's sparkling performance on "Live at the Red Sea Jazz Festival."

Not since Hit The Bricks (Reservoir 2000), has the trombonist featured his sextet in a recording. Three members of that group—trumpeter Scott Wendholt, pianist Allen Farnham and drummer Dave Ratajczak (also members of his New York Big Band)—return for this date, while bassist Dave Finck and saxophonist Walt Weiskopf are associates from Fedchock's days at the Eastman School of Music. Except for the oft-recorded and spacious Ellington/Mills/Tizol jazz standard "Caravan," clocking in at fourteen minutes in length, the limited repertoire on the disc is comprised primarily of pieces the band has performed before.

Recorded in August of 2008, the two-night performance became a challenge in the blistering 111 degree heat, which explains why the music is so hot. An unselfish artist who, at times, plays more of a supporting role, Fedchock provides enormous space for members of his band to explore and improvise on their solos. Nevertheless, it is the trombonist himself who stretches out on the opening "This Just In," just prior to Farnham's welcoming piano chords. A striking feature here is Weiskopf, whose steamy and "amazing upper-register command" of the tenor, as confirmed by Fedchock, makes his saxophone voice sound almost like an alto. A sampling of the hard-bop burner "That's All Right" provides ear-shaking example of just how good this guy really is.

Wendholt is no slouch either, delivering a slew of wonderful jousts none better that his performance on Tom Harrell's "Moon Alley," where the flugelhorn becomes his chosen instrumental voice on this beautiful, ballad-like number. Farnham takes his turn in the limelight, showcasing his ample piano-chops on the teasing and direction-changing "Elvin's Empire," diced delicately with more Fedchock trombone phrasing as well as some additional tenor madness from Weiskopf.

The set would have ended after the performance of the original finale piece "Caravan," but the band returned to the stage for an encore tipping their hat to the crowd with the brief and bluesy "Not So New Blues." There's not much question about this version of The John Fedchock NY Sextet; their performance is electrifying, and Live at the Red Sea Jazz Festival captures the energy, fire and heat generated by the band in a setting not originally meant to be recorded, but thankfully so, for jazz fans everywhere to appreciate.


Track Listing: This Just In; That's All Right; Elvin's Empire; Moon Alley; Caravan; Not So New Blues.

Personnel: John Fedchock: trombone; Scott Wendholt: trumpet, flugelhorn; Walt Weiskopf: tenor saxophone; Allen Farnham: piano; David Finck: bass; Dave Ratajczak: drums.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Capri Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
J.J. Johnson J.J. Johnson
trombone
Woody Herman Woody Herman
band/orchestra
Thad Jones Thad Jones
trumpet
Slide Hampton Slide Hampton
trombone
Sammy Nestico Sammy Nestico
composer/conductor
Gordon Goodwin Gordon Goodwin
composer/conductor
Frank Rosolino Frank Rosolino
trombone
Bill Holman Bill Holman
sax, tenor
Chris Walden Chris Walden
arranger
Gary Smulyan Gary Smulyan
sax, baritone

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "In For The Out" CD/LP/Track Review In For The Out
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 12, 2016
Read "From the Heart" CD/LP/Track Review From the Heart
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: December 20, 2016
Read "The Candy Men" CD/LP/Track Review The Candy Men
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 28, 2016
Read "The Caustic Ballads" CD/LP/Track Review The Caustic Ballads
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 27, 2016
Read "Solo Plus" CD/LP/Track Review Solo Plus
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: March 4, 2016
Read "Meets Batida" CD/LP/Track Review Meets Batida
by James Nadal
Published: March 15, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!