Trombonist Curtis Fuller's debut as a leader was a strong start to the 22-year-old's career. Already a strong player in the J.J. Johnson mold, Fuller blends in well with altoist Sonny Red, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Doug Watkins and drummer Louis Hayes on the fine straight-ahead date. The CD reissue adds "Alicia" to the original five-song program. While four of the six tunes are originals, their chord changes are generally easy to recognize (two are blues, and "Vonce #5" borrows from "I Got Rhythm," and all of the musicians fare quite well.
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1 Vonce #5 (Fuller) 7:44
2 Transportation Blues (Fuller) 8:21
3 Blue Lawson (Fuller) 6:54
4 Namely You (DePaul, Mercer) 9:28
5 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter) 6:33
6 Alicia [*] (Fuller) 5:12
Curtis Fuller - tb
Sonny Red - as
Hank Jones - p
Doug Watkins - b
Louis Hayes - dr
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey ; May 11, 1957.