You might be surprised to learn of the link between Wynton Marsalis and Anthony Braxton. It, or more accurately “he,” is trombonist Joe Fiedler, a leading practitioner of the multiphonic techniques pioneered by Albert Mangelsdorff and Paul Rutherford. Fiedler has played with Marsalis and Braxton, spokesmen for the radical extremes of an ongoing debate about the course of jazz. Perhaps Fiedler’s seemingly contradictory collaborations should be no surprise at all. His biography includes work with such diverse artists as Lee Konitz, the Mingus Big Band, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Cecil Taylor, Myra Melford, and Fast ‘N’ Bulbous (the Captain Beefheart tribute band). These kinds of connections to the mainstream and the avant-garde mean that a new Joe Fiedler recording will be faithful to jazz history and open to jazz’s future. And that’s precisely what happens with “The Crab.” Watch out, this CD is the clear evidence that this guy is right in the middle of everything happening on the planet Jazz.