New York Big Band

New York Big Band

by John Fedchock

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New York Big Band

John Fedchock is best-known as a former trombonist and occasional arranger with Woody Herman's orchestra, but the release of this "Reservoir" set should also give him a reputation as an important big-band leader in his own right. Fedchock, who provided arrangements for all 11 selections (six jazz standards and five of his originals), gathered together quite an interesting variety of jazzmen for this date. Included among the personnel are many players who have led sessions of their own, including altoist Jon Gordon, Rick Margitza and Rich Perry on tenors, baritonist Scott Robinson, trumpeter Tim Hagans, and (on three numbers) percussionist Jerry Gonzalez. Fedchock's arrangements give his big band a unified group sound and leave plenty of room for the soloists. Among the highlights are a race through "Limehouse Blues" (which has a torrid tenor-baritone tradeoff by Perry and Robinson), a thoughtful feature for Tim Hagans on "Nefertiti," the heated tenor of Rick Margitza on "Caravan," altoist Mark Vinci's showcase on "My Foolish Heart," and the leader's many colorful trombone solos. This straight-ahead set (which also includes Fedchock's "Blues Du Jour," the calypso feel of "Louie's Cheese Party," and a slightly demented romp on the "Flintstones Theme" that is retitled "Flintstoned") is consistently swinging, enjoyable, and easily recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/1995
Label: Reservoir Records
UPC: 0747985013822
catalogNumber: 138

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Fedchock   Primary Artist,Trombone
Scott Robinson   Baritone Saxophone
Tim Hagans   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jerry González   Percussion
Clark Gayton   Trombone
Greg Gisbert   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rick Margitza   Tenor Saxophone
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Dave Ratajczak   Drums
Barry Ries   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Lynn Seaton   Bass
Mark Vinci   Alto Saxophone
Joel Weiskopf   Piano
Rich Perry   Tenor Saxophone
Jon Gordon   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
George Flynn   Trombone

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Guest More than 1 year ago
A couple of weeks ago, the John Fedchock New York Big Band played at my school's Jazz Festival. After hearing John Fedchock, I learned a lot. He swings notes smoothly, he can make his trombone sing while playing a ballad, etc. John Fedchock has got to be the best jazz trombonist we have right now and not only young trombonists should listen to him, but every young jazz student or any big jazz fan has got to listen to this.