Up and Running

Up and Running

by John Fedchock
     
 
The John Fedchock New York Big Band is an exception in the 21st century, a big band that has lasted for an extended period with nearly all of its original members. Back in 1989, trombonist John Fedchock recruited some of the most talented session players in New York City for his large ensemble, though they were relative unknowns at the time. Over a period of years and

Overview

The John Fedchock New York Big Band is an exception in the 21st century, a big band that has lasted for an extended period with nearly all of its original members. Back in 1989, trombonist John Fedchock recruited some of the most talented session players in New York City for his large ensemble, though they were relative unknowns at the time. Over a period of years and a number of recordings together, the band has turned into somewhat of an institution, thanks to both the outstanding musicianship and the leader's impressive charts. Fedchock reharmonized the standard "Embraceable You" while keeping it accessible, bringing new life to an old warhorse. Shifting John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" into a Latin setting (with able assistance from Bobby Sanabria on timbales) is also a distinctive detour from typical arrangements. Fedchock's originals merit equal attention to his settings of others' compositions. The lively "J Birds" is a fun feature for the leader and fellow trombonist Steve Davis. "Elvin's Empire" salutes the legendary Elvin Jones in a powerful post-bop tribute to the late drummer. Finally, "The Ariztocrat" is a playful salute to Fedchock's former boss, the late Woody Herman; this mid-tempo swinger would have pleased the bandleader. It includes delightful solos by bassist Lynn Seaton, baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan and the composer.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Reservoir Records
UPC:
0747985018827
catalogNumber:
188
Rank:
315867

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Fedchock   Primary Artist,Trombone,Leader
Allen Farnham   Piano
Gary Smulyan   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Davis   Trombone
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kerry MacKillop   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rick Margitza   Tenor Saxophone
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Dave Ratajczak   Drums
Barry Ries   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bobby Sanabria   Conga,Timbales,cowbell,Guiro
Lynn Seaton   Bass
Mark Vinci   Alto Saxophone
Scott Wendholt   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rich Perry   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Pillow   Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Craig Johnson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Marshall Gilkes   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
John Fedchock   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Paul Wickliffe   Composer,Engineer
Kayla Feldman   Executive Producer
B. Robert Johnson   Session Photographer
Fred Lacey   Composer
Bob Bernotas   Liner Notes
Justin Gerrish   Composer

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