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John Fedchock New York Big Band: Up & Running

One thinks of John Fedchock equally as a trombonist and an arranger. The dual role goes back to his days with the Woody Herman band (1980 until Herman’s death in 1987), when he was section trombonist, soloist and chief arranger-plus musical director. With big-band music still in his blood a couple of years after that experience, he formed his New York Big Band. Although not a road band or full-time aggregation, the 16-piece group has maintained continuity with almost all of its original members and Fedchock’s writing.

This album testifies to the continued modernity of his pen, the suppleness of his trombone work and the unity of the ensemble. It helps that there are a few warm memories of Herman along the way, too. And the band is full of top-notch soloists as well: tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, trumpeter Scott Wendholt, trombonist Steve Davis (in addition to the leader), bassist Lynn Seaton and others.

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