Joe Fiedler’s desire to lead a trombone-driven project was sparked in the 1980s after seeing The World Saxophone Quartet Live. It was a revelation to him, and eventually led to the creation of his critically-acclaimed low-brass aggregate (3 trombones and tuba), Big Sackbut. DownBeat Magazine said of the group, “The group rips, dances and converses . . . the quartet is so tight that they sound like one big, polyphonic low-brass organ. Each trombonist kills it.” And eMusic.comproclaimed that, “The titular trombonist-composer manages the too-rare feat of creating art while having a blast.”
With Big Sackbut the unique instrumentation is but one part of the experience. Fiedler is an artist who has been passionately obsessed with music since his childhood, and is fully committed to his craft as a trombonist-composer-arranger. He is intent on carrying on in the footsteps of his heroes (while blazing trails of his own), such as Albert Mangelsdorff, Don Pullen, Bennie Wallace, and his foremost influence on the trombone, Ray Anderson. This all-in devotion, coupled with an incredibly intimate knowledge of jazz and many of its branches (you would be hard pressed to meet someone so erudite about this music), is represented in the repertoire of Big Sackbut.
“Like the WSQ, Fiedler and company swing hard without a rhythm section, moving between avant-garde and more mainstream sounds. Innovative and fun.” – LEO Weekly
“An exuberant bit of joy. Big instruments showing their lighter side. Fun and exciting stuff.”- AllAboutJazz.com (Download of the day)
“Great playing and great writing and arranging by Fiedler make this low brass high class.” – The Winnipeg Free Press