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 tunes, Fiedler's trio certainly have a test ahead of them. The set, which spans the composer's career, acts not only as a tribute, but also a retrospective of sorts. Fiedler, bassist John Hebert, and drummer Mark Ferber make a joyful noise with the material and always maintain their own personalities, despite the shadow of the master over the proceedings.
The tunes selected take the trio on a journey from the atmospheric, long-toned, multiphonic explorations of "Mayday Hymn" to the blustery, gutbucket funk of "Wart G'Schwind." Fiedler's ably demonstrates his mastery of multiphonics with his impressive doubling impressions on "Zores Mores." What initially sounds like unison horns is actually Fiedler playing and singing dual lines at the same time. "Wheat Song" and "Lapwing" demonstrate the trio's knack for robust swing, while "An Ant Steps on an Elephant's Toe" sounds like the sort of down-home, tailgating grind that Ray Anderson would feel at home in.
As tribute albums go, this is one that transcends convention by shedding as much light on the interpreters as the dedicatee.
Track Listing: Wheat Song; Rip Off; Now Jazz Ramwong; An Ant Steps On An Elephant's Toe; Mayday Hymn; Lapwing; Zores Mores; Wart G'Schwind; Do Your Own Thing.
Personnel: Joe Fiedler: trombone; John Hebert: bass; Mark Ferber: drums.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.