John Fedchock – trombone
Scott Wendholt – trumpet & flugelhorn
Walt Weiskopf – tenor saxophone
Allen Farnham – piano
David Finck – bass
Eric Halvorson – drums
Throughout the history of jazz, groups with a three-horn frontline have been among the more important ensembles of the music. While still giving plenty of space for individual soloists, the configuration has offered unique, creative writing options while maintaining a sleek and mobile blend, avoiding the feeling of a heavier large-ensemble. Immortal recordings by greats including Louis Armstrong, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane set an extremely high standard.
John Fedchock’s illustrious career in jazz has spanned over three decades. Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, Fedchock has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger. An in-demand performer and writer in New York City for over twenty years, his multifaceted talents have led him to become one of NYC’s premiere jazz artists.
The inspiration for this group first came in 2000 after recording a few three-horn arrangements. The first official gigs as a sextet came in 2005. This group has become a “working band” maintaining its personnel, developing a group concept, and growing.
A major part of what makes this project unique is the exceptional musicians. All are master improvisers who not only thrive within a modern framework, but also have not forgotten how to swing in a genuine and profound way. Players with these qualities gave Fedchock the freedom to experiment with vintage repertoire by adding a new viewpoint while still maintaining the true essence of the material.
It’s a pleasure to present John Fedchock’s newest music with this close-knit and seasoned group – keeping the distinguished sextet tradition.
For his 10th album as a leader, Grammy-nominated trombonist John Fedchock scales down his acclaimed New York Big Band to a no less rewarding, smaller ensemble. The sextet boasts an impressive roster of players who more than do justice to Fedchock’s skillful composing and arranging. From the wistful, introspective a cappella lead-in on the title track, to the hard- swinging masterpiece of a solo in “Star Eyes,” Fedchock’s formidable range makes listening to him a supremely satisfying endeavor. He’s also a generous leader, sharing the spotlight with equally virtuosic bandmates like trumpeter Scott Wendholt and pianist Allen Farnham. Fedchock’s “Into the Shadows” shows off a sextet in fine form, helmed by one of the best trombonists and bandleaders in jazz.
The JOHN FEDCHOCK NY SEXTET release Into the Shadows (Summit – 765) finds the leader/trombonist/composer/arranger in the company of five cats with whom he has developed familiarity over the years, trumpeter/flugelhornist Scott Wendholt, tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, pianist Allen Farnham, bassist David Finck and drummer Eric Halvorson. Their talent combines with Fedchock’s arranging genius to create the impact of a larger ensemble. In this instance, Fedchock has written an eclectic collection of six originals to complement his concepts on three standards, “I Should Care,” “Nature Boy” and “Star Eyes.” When you have a band of musicians with the solo strengths that these players bring to the table, it is guaranteed that one moment of listening pleasure after another will occur. The album may be titled Into the Shadows, but the excitement that pervades this music is definitely out in the open
-Joseph Lang for Jersey Jazz