“A scintillating recording." - Ron Weinstock, The Jazz & Blues Report
“Trombonist Joe Fiedler has a heavy track record with his trio, an exploratory unit featuring bassist Rob Jost and drummer Michael Sarin. But on his robustly engaging new album, Like, Strange, Fiedler beefs up his front line, bringing in saxophonist Jeff Lederer and guitarist Pete McCann. More than a mere expansion, this has transformed the music, nudging Fiedler more toward fleshed-out harmony, jostling counterpoint and Afro-Latin rhythm. For an illustration of the point, look no further than ‘A Ladybug in My Notebook,’ which deploys Fiedler’s trombone and Lederer’s soprano saxophone in a braided melodic line, and includes a brief, calmly ripping solo by McCann." - Nate Chinen, WBGO 88.3 FM “Take Five"
“Among trombonist Joe Fiedler’s many talents is his uncanny ability to blur the line between avant-garde and mainstream jazz. It’s a maneu ver he’s perfected over the years as the leader of his adventurous trio with bassist Rob Jost and drummer Michael Sarin. With his latest project, Fiedler expands on that aesthetic, augmenting the trio with the addition of saxophonist Jeff Lederer and guitarist Pete McCann."
- Brian Zimmerman, DownBeat Magazine (Four Stars!)
“The compositions are hooky and melodic, and follow conventional forms, but still manage to get plenty weird . . . He’s a fantastic player, and this album expands his group’s sound while retaining its highly entertaining essence." – Phil Freeman, Stereogum
“As a soloist Fiedler is a master at exploring his instrument’s range—he gets high notes out of it you’d swear were coming from a lead trumpet—and he seems to revel in the tag-team effects he creates when jousting with Lederer and McCann. The advantage, to the listener, is greater texture and wider melodic variation"
- Jeff Tamarkin, JazzTimes Magazine
“From busily squealing out of the gate with the opening number to adding slower shadings throughout, the leader's trombone is as expressive as a singer's voice and as eclectic as the range of his compositions. From samba to classic R&B boogie or juicy rock and roll, Like, Strange keeps the celebratory vibe at a steady broil while never losing the smarts. The crew is ready for whatever stylistic turns he throws out, all sharing both the same professional virtuosity and complete lack of ego." - Geno Thackara, AllAboutJazz
“Working with a larger instrumental palette, Fiedler utilizes the interpretive prowess of his new bandmates to expand the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic potential of his writing . . . an exceptional offering, and his most fully realized album as a leader to date." - Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz
“One of the most in-demand players on the New York scene . . . His latest album, "Like, Strange," is a decidedly funky affair" - Ron Netsky, The Rochester City Paper
“Fiedler brings his trombone and composing skills together . . . for a heavy hitting session. The post bop pieces show lots of muscle . . . Lots of strong pulses are palpable here."
- George W. Harris, JazzWeekly.com
“Fiedler is a masterful trombonist, with a boldly imaginative and articulate solo style. His tunes are designed for maximum interpretation by the players, and this unit generates plenty of sparks. Like Strange is a great release, cheerfully recommended." - Stuart Kremsky, The IAJRC Journal, Mr. Stu’s Record Room