John Fedchock Quartet
John Fedchock’s distinguished career as a soloist has been acknowledged for decades. Although best known for work with his larger ensembles, he has continued to follow his small group passion, putting himself directly in the spotlight with his own quartet. Over the years, Fedchock has appeared in countless venues large and small from every corner of the world. The quartet’s most recent live recording, “Fluidity” gained considerable attention from critics and extensive presence on national jazz radio.
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John Fedchock Quartet Reviews
“With a golden tone and powerful delivery, [Fedchock] leads the quartet through standards and originals, delivering a timeless brand of hard-bop that’s free of cliché.”
“Fedchock’s quartet, caught live, offers a set of finely wrought standards hinged to the resonant tones, agile melody readings and improvisations of its leader.”
“Unpretentious, professional and undeniably lyrical in its swing, this team keeps the mainstream candle glowing brightly.”
– Jazz Weekly
“Feeding off the intimate energy of bringing the gang to a club that responds to him solidly, [Fedchock] responds by musically letting all know he’s just one of those cats that has it and doesn’t need prompting to show it. And ensemble work throughout where everyone gets a chance to shine, this is mighty mainstream jazz the way you like to hear it played.”
– Midwest Record
“A classy and exciting band.”
– Audiophile Audition
“A band of first-rate jazzmen at home with a variety of material and tempi. Fedchock’s tone, flexibility and creative mind place him among the top tier of trombonists. This is straight-ahead jazz that is at once accessible and imaginative.”
– Jersey Jazz
“Fedchock displays his finesse, carefully blending well-known standards with his elaborate compositions. What separates the session from many others of its kind—apart from the group’s tight and responsive interplay—are Fedchock’s deft revisions of the standards. Together, they make Fluidity not merely a name but a hallmark of their special brand of quartet jazz.”
John Fedchock Quartet Live: Reminiscence
John Fedchock’s Reminiscence is the exciting sequel to his critically acclaimed quartet recording Fluidity. This collection of timeless standards and fresh originals showcases Fedchock’s dynamic trombone and the sensitive rhythm section of pianist John Toomey, bassist Jimmy Masters, and drummers Dave Ratajczak (tracks 1-6) and Billy Williams (track 7).
The program includes jazz classics, If You Could See Me Now (Tadd Dameron) and Lament (J.J. Johnson), iconic standards, The End of a Love Affair (Redding) and You’re My Everything (Warren), and three pieces penned by Fedchock, The Third Degree, Loose Change and Brazilian Fantasy. Recorded in pristine fidelity, the atmosphere of a small club with a receptive audience completes the live experience.
John Fedchock Quartet Live: Fluidity
Fluidity has been receiving rave reviews in the jazz press.
Downbeat Magazine (Kirk Silisbee)
★★★★ (4 stars)
JazzTimes (Philip Booth)
All About Jazz (Dan Bilawsky)
Audiophile Audition (John Sunier)