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Joe Fiedler: Like, Strange

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Change can occasionally be necessary for artistic growth. For over a decade, trombonist Joe Fiedler has led a stripped-down bass and drums trio, as documented on Plays The Music of Albert Mangelsdorff (Clean Feed, 2005), The Crab (Clean Feed, 2007), Sacred Chrome Orb (Yellow Sound, 2011), and I'm In (Multiphonics, 2015). Seeking a greater range of color and texture in his music, Fielder recruited vanguard saxophonist Jeff Lederer and multifaceted guitarist Pete McCann to join his current working trio with ...

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Joe Fiedler: Like, Strange

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It's not always easy for musicians to know what to call their own stuff, especially the kind of players who prefer not to settle into one cozy niche. Joe Fiedler certainly makes it difficult, being a fan of things from classic swing to avant-garde--some of which use the trombone in easily familiar ways, some of which couldn't be farther away from its usual wheelhouse. Through a career that's ranged from the Glenn Miller Orchestra to Sesame Street, many others have ...

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Joe Fiedler Trio: I'm In

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I'm In is trombonist Joe Fiedler's fourth recording with his longstanding trio and the second on his Multiphonics Music imprint. This session marks a departure of sorts for Fiedler's adventurous three-piece, finding the trombonist, new bassist Rob Jost and stalwart drummer Michael Sarin exploring more traditional blues and jazz forms than heard on the group's previous albums, Sacred Chrome Orb (Yellow Sound, 2011), The Crab (Clean Feed, 2007), and Plays The Music of Albert Mangelsdorff (Clean Feed, 2005).A ...

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Joe Fiedler: The Crab

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Trombone can be incredibly affecting and riveting, but is too often an underappreciated instrument, not always receiving the full respect or platform it deserves, even when its inborn versatility is masterfully handled by practitioners who grapple with its challenges and make it soar. No matter what music, mood or master it serves, this long and shiny sliding thing is extremely capable of conveying the distinct personality and intent of each artist who fights the worthy battle to realize its (and ...

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Joe Fiedler: Plays the Music of Albert Mangelsdorff

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If ever there was evidence of a prejudice against European jazz players, it is the fact that trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff (1928-2005) never before had a tribute album done in his honor. Even more damning is research showing that his compositions--over a hundred--have never been played without him. Trombonist Joe Fiedler has ended this sorry streak with a wonderful homage to a musician who is underappreciated in this country. The only bittersweet thing about the disc is its ...

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Joe Fiedler: Plays The Music of Albert Mangelsdorff

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Trombonist Joe Fiedler has a diverse resume that boasts membership in everything from Phillip Johnston and Gary Lucas' Fast N' Bulbous: The Captain Beefheart Project and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to countless Latin jazz ensembles, including Ed Palermo's big band. This album however, focuses solely on one of Fiedler's own personal interests, the music of the late Albert Mangelsdorff. Fiedler and company engage in a fairly daunting yet remarkably untried task. With an entire album of Mangelsdorff-penned ...


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