LIVE: The Joe Fiedler Trio @ Quinn’s, 11/3/14
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Avant garde jazz is generally heard infrequently around Greater Nippertown, although venues such as the Sanctuary for an Independent Media in Troy and Club Helsinki in Hudson have hosted the form on an occasional basis.
About a year ago, a small lunch luncheonette known as Quinn’s in Beacon was converted into a small Japanese restaurant/bar that features live music several times a week, including Monday night jazz sessions.
On Monday, November 3, the spotlight was on the Joe Fiedler Trio. Led by stellar trombonist Joe Fiedler and featuring bassist Rob Yost and drummer Michael Sarin, the threesome took advantage of the ability to swing about and shift tempo on a dime in the manner that only a small ensemble of virtuosos can.
Emphasis was on riffs rather than on melody. Fiedler’s trombone leads were accompanied and challenged by Sarin’s polyrhythms and Yost’s solid bottom end. The music was interesting and adventurous, yet not too challenging to this listener.
The series is curated by former Nippertonian Jim Keepnews and will continue at least through January. Here’s the schedule of Monday night sessions for the upcoming weeks:
Monday (November 17): Kendra Shank/John Stowell
November 24: Mario Pavone’s Arc Quartet with Ellery Eskelin, Dave Ballou and Matt Wilson
December 1: The Robert Kopec Trio
December 8: Jim Black/David Rothenberg
December 15: Josh Rutner’s Xmas Xtravaganza
December 22: The Avram Fefer Trio with Michael Bisio and Michael Wimberly
January 19: Jason Hwang/Sing House with Steve Swell, Christopher Gordon Forbes, Ken Filiano and Andrew Drury
January 26: Juan Pablo Carletti/Daniel Levin