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John Fedchock New York Big Band: Up & Running

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C’è molto del suo talento di direttore artistico e di arrangiatore nei clamorosi successi della Woody Herman Orchestra con album quali 50th Anniversary Tour e Woody’s Gold Star. Così come ci sono diversi musicisti di quella formazione nella New York Big Band, protagonista dello scoppiettante Up & Running. Ci riferiamo alla figura di John Fedchock, valente trombonista con il merito di gestire da quasi venti anni una classica big band di sedici elementi, laboratorio importante per giovani talenti e vetrina per ottimi solisti.

Tra questi appaiono in bella evidenza il baritonista Gary Smulyan, che sostiene con suono robusto e fraseggio agile la celeberrima “Alfie’s Theme“, il trombettista Scott Wendholt, brillante interprete dell’iniziale “Up & Running“, e Rick Margitza, a proprio agio con il sax tenore nelle trame dense e intriganti di “Elvin’s Empire“.

Non vi è nulla di sconvolgente in Up & Running, il tutto suona molto classico, nell’accezione più nobile del termine, con grandi masse sonore che si muovono agili e possenti, musicisti impeccabili, lo swing pulsante che la fa da padrone, e arrangiamenti pertinenti e accurati.

Fa eccezione la non proprio indovinata versione della coltraniana “Moment’s Notice“ che, costruita su ritmi latineggianti, viene a perdere gran parte della propria tensione narrativa in favore di una ballabilità un poco fuori luogo. Mentre la conclusiva “Mr. Dudley“, caratterizzata da un andamento più articolato, da sonorità contemporanee e da un gustoso intreccio tra il clarone dolphyano di Charles Pillow e il trombone anni venti di Keith O’Quinn, saluta l’ascoltatore con un’imprevista ventata di modernità.


Track Listing: Up & Running; Embraceable You; Moment's Notice; Dedicated To You; Alfie's Theme; J Birds; Elvin's Empire; Theme For Ernie; The Ariztocrat; Mr. Dudley.

Personnel: John Fedchock: leader and trombone; Mark Vinci: saxophones; Charles Pillow: saxophones; Rich Perry: saxophones; Rick Margitza: saxophones; Gary Smulyan: saxophones; Tony Kadleck: trumpet; Craig Johnson: trumpet; Scott Wendholt: trumpet (1,3,5,7,10); Kerry MacKillop: trumpet (2,4,6,8,9); Barry Ries: trumpet; Keith O'Quinn: trombone; Steve Davis: trombone (1,2,6,8,10); Marshal Gilkes: trombone (3,4,5,7,9); George Flynn: trombone; Allen Farnham: piano; Lynn Seaton: bass (4,5,7,9), Dick Sarpola: bass (1,2,6,8,10); Dave Ratajczak: drums; Bobby Sanabria: congas, timbales (3).

Title: Up & Running | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Reservoir Music

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