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Know Thyself

by Dale Fielder

One of the most legendary jazz CDs of the 1990s, KNOW THYSELF by LA-based saxophonist Dale Fielder is now available. This, his 2nd CD, finds Fielder fully and maturely developed and ready. He blows the bell off the saxophone! ---Reid Schultz
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1. Khepera
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2. Dreamlife
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3. Know Thyself
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4. Them For Doris
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5. Van -The Steadfast
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6. Maau
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7. Sometime Ago
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8. But Beautiful
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9. Strivers Row
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#22 Gavin Jazz 1995

Dale Fielder, an advanced hard bop-based saxophonist, doubles on alto and tenor on this excellent set. Using his regular group of the period: trumpeter Dan Bagasoul, pianist Greg Kurstin, bassist Bill Markus and drummer Ocie Davis III, Fielder explores six of his originals, “Sometime Ago”, “But Beautiful” and Tina Brook’s obscure “Theme For Doris. The music is grounded in the tradition yet adventurous in spots. An excellent showcase for the LA–based Dale Fielder. ---Scott Yanow/All Music Guide

To hold a jazz quintet together for over two years in the 1990s is a difficult and monumental task at best. Yet this is exactly what saxophonist/composer/musicologist Dale Fielder has accomplished. This CD, his second for Clarion Jazz, documents his quintet at this second year point. Fielder is originally from Pittsburgh where he attended Pitt University under Dr. Nathan Davis majoring in ethnomusicology.

The Dale Fielder Quintet was formed in December 1992 by Fielder especially for L.A.’s renaissance jazz club, 5th Street Dick’s as it’s house band. It is an engagement that has now lasted over two years. “Having a gig every week for over two years is without question instrumental in keeping this band together,” says Fielder. “And there is no better situation than 5th Street Dick’s. I always love playing ‘Dick’s’ because the audience is a true, knowledgeable, hard-core jazz audience. They come to hear some serious jazz, and you’d best be able to deliver! I’m happy to be involved in such a unique situation here in Los Angeles. I can’t believe this is Los Angeles, for it feels so much like New York at ‘Dick’s!”

Fielder should know, for after attending Pitt University in Pittsburgh, he spent eight years living in New York City performing with the Mighty Sparrow, Geri Allen, and others, as well as leading his own quartet in Harlem and Greenwich Village. In addition, the quintet runs an afterhours session late Saturday evenings (Sunday mornings) that has become legendary. Visiting world class musicians such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Victor Lewis, Don Braden, Terrell Stafford, John D’Earth, among others, have sat in and performed with the band, and the word is now spreading that when in L.A., you must stop in at 5th Street Dick’s for some serious playing!

In addition to their home base at 5th Street Dick’s, the quintet performs at venues up and down the West Coast such as Yoshi’s in San Francisco; Club Brasserie, Lunaria, and Atlas in Los Angeles; Spaghettini’s in Orange County; and Elario’s in San Diego; as well as various area colleges, universities, and festivals. The quintet’s first CD, Free Flow, released on the Clarion Jazz label in 1993, has been hailed a success by critics and fans alike.

Fielder is emerging as a formidable saxophone stylist. The focus of Fielder’s accomplishment at this point in his career is performing equally on both alto and tenor saxophones. “This has always been a goal of mine,” says Fielder. “Except for Sonny Stitt, Oliver Nelson, and Curtis Porter (Shadi Hafi), few have specialized in this area. This is something I’ve naturally desired to accomplish, for I love both horns so much, I can’t put one before the other. They are both my voices.” Besides his fiery and passionate saxophone style, he is a prolific and uniquely original composer building off the jazz tradition.

With his second CD, Fielder has again recorded using the studio/live format and has also made good on his promise from his first CD Free Flow, which is to record more original compositions. Unity, cooperation and reverence for the calling of the jazz tradition are the principles that the Dale Fielder Quintet has been built on. To hold a jazz quintet together in the 1990s is a difficult and monumental task. But by already accomplishing this task and sustaining it for over two years surely proves the Dale Fielder Quintet is now poised and ready for a great future of their own choosing. ---Leslie Colrane (1995)



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