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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

CD Review: John Fedchock Quartet - Reminiscence

John Fedchock (trombone); John Toomey (piano); Jimmy Masters (bass); Dave Ratajczak (drums); Billy Williams (drums on 1 track).
(Review by Lance).
Another fine trombone album - two in one day!
Fedchock, who came in at No. 17 in the recent DownBeat Poll (should have been placed much higher), has also had a couple of Grammy nominations for Best  Instrumental Arrangement and has to his credit five big band recordings. However, it is his trombone playing that is to the fore revealing a sound with the mellowness of Dorsey and the attack and rapidity of JJ. In fact, if Peter Lin and John Fedchock got together it would be a case of Jay and Kai ride again!

Recorded over three nights at Havana Nights, a club in Virginia Beach, VA, back in 2015 this is the second album from the weekend (the first was Fluidity). Sadly, the club is now closed but, at the time, it was a beautiful, intimate space with state of the art recording equipment as this album proves.

Fedchock, seemingly, began his performing career with Woody Herman in 1980 - talk about starting at the top! - and I was fortunate to hear him with the band at the North Sea Jazz Festival, held at Den Haag, in 1983 and although time has dimmed my memories of the soloists I still recall the sheer power of the band.

A well put together mix of standards and originals played at the highest possible level. Toomey on piano, Masters on bass and the two drummers prove to be top draw players in their own right combining to make this an enjoyable experience.
Lance.
The Third Degree; Loose Change; Lament; The End of a Love  Affair; You're my Everything; If You Could See Me Now; Brazillian Fantasy.
Available on Summit Records - listen/buy.

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