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John Fedchock Quartet: Reminiscence

Read "Reminiscence" reviewed by Jack Bowers

After recording his quartet's splendid album Fluidity (Summit Records 2015), trombonist John Fedchock realized he had enough unused material in hand from that delightful concert date to consider releasing a second album. The more he listened to the music that hadn't made the cut on Fluidity, the more Fedchock was convinced that a second album not only could but should be produced comprising half a dozen songs that for various reasons weren't included on the earlier recording. “In some instances," ...

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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 4-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 4-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Panel 3: Cousins -Moderated by Ken Borgers Moderated by Ken Borgers, this panel featured Woody Herman alumni from the last phase of Woody's band and life, the 1980s. These were trumpeters Ron Stout and Mark Lewis, saxophonists Mike Brignola, Jerry ...

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John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is

Read "Like It Is" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Trombonist, composer and arranger John Fedchock's New York Big Band has been in existence for more than twenty years, and the scintillating Like It Is is this group's fifth album. Fedchock, his band and this album have also garnered quite a few of this year's Grammys including “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album," “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella" ("You And The Night And The Music"), “Best Composing" ("Ten Thirty 30"), and two “Best Improvised Jazz Solo" nominations, one for Fedchock ...

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John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is

Read "Like It Is" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Worth waiting for--an expression that can be used to describe any number of life's pleasurable experiences: a memorable vacation, a sumptuous meal, a thrilling chance encounter --or even the fifth recording (and first in roughly eight years) by trombonist John Fedchock's superlative New York Big Band. Pleasurable it is from start to finish, with inspired blowing by the ensemble enhancing ten of Fedchock's exemplary charts. Whatever the premise or circumstance, Fedchock tells it Like It Is, and the band responds ...

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John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is

Read "Like It Is" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran trombonist and big band leader John Fedchock, has had a history of showcasing some of the finest contemporary ensemble music ever presented, and on the audacious Like It Is, keeps that tradition alive on the fifth album from his 16-piece New York Big Band. A group by the way, that has been around and swinging for over two decades boasting a personnel listing of all-stars and jazz luminaries which, have garnished the eventual Grammy nods with the four previous ...

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John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is

Read "Like It Is" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trombonist John Fedchock may be a seasoned veteran, but he's not set in his ways as a player, arranger, or composer. While some big band leaders of his ilk either try to recreate the past or completely abandon it, attempting to reboot themselves by genuflecting at the altar of modernism, he isn't one of them. Fedchock appreciates the history of the music yet he understands that time marches on. With that in mind, he delivers Like It Is, an album ...

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John Fedchock Quartet Live: Fluidity

Read "Fluidity" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When talk turns to outstanding contemporary trombonists, it's surprising that the name John Fedchock isn't mentioned more often. It should be. Not only has Fedchock been on the scene for quite a while, having played with and arranged for the renowned Woody Herman Herd (1980-87) and led his own New York Big Band for more than twenty years, he's a consistently sharp and creative soloist out of the Carl Fontana school whose compositional skills and taste in music are impeccable. ...

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John Fedchock Quartet Live: Fluidity

Read "Fluidity" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Fluidity could have just as easily been called A Night In The Life Of A Jazz Musician. There's no high profile or out-of-place guest here to sell records, no world famous stage for this quartet to grace, and no abstruse concept to push the music with. This is just four men doing what they do on any given night in a small club in Anywhere, USA. Were it any four men, of course, nobody would probably pay Fluidity much notice. ...

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

Read "Live at the Red Sea Jazz Festival" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

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 ...

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

Read "Live at the Red Sea Jazz Festival" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

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 ...

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

Read "Live at the Red Sea Jazz Festival" reviewed by Edward Blanco

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 ...

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John Fedchock: Dedicated to Clifford Brown

Read "John Fedchock: Dedicated to Clifford Brown" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

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 ...


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