Saturday, June 13, 2015

Curtis Fuller - Blues-ette + 3

Curtis Fuller belongs in the select circle with J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, and a few others who make the trombone sound fluid and inviting rather than awkward. His ability to make wide-octave leaps and play whiplash phrases in a relaxed, casual manner is a testament to his skill. Fuller's solos and phrases are often ambitious and creative, and he's worked in several fine bands and participated in numerous great sessions. Fuller studied music in high school, then began developing his skills in an Army band, where he played with Cannonball Adderley. He worked in Detroit with Kenny Burrell and Yusef Lateef, then moved to New York. Fuller made his recording debut as a leader on Transition in 1955, and recorded in the late '50s for Blue Note, Prestige, United Artists, and Savoy. He was a charter member of the Jazztet with Benny Golson and Art Farmer in 1959, then played in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers from 1961 to 1965. There were additional recording dates for Warwick, Smash/Trip, Epic, and Impulse! in the '60s. Fuller toured Europe with Dizzy Gillespie's big band in 1968, then did several sessions in New York. During the '70s, he experimented for a time playing hard bop arrangements in a band featuring electronic instruments, heading a group with guitarist Bill Washer and Stanley Clarke. He concluded that phase with the 1973 album Crankin'. Fuller toured with the Count Basie band from 1975 to 1977, and did dates for Mainstream, Timeless, and Bee Hive. He co-led the quintet Giant Bones with Winding in 1979 and 1980, and played with Art Blakey, Cedar Walton, and Benny Golson in the late '70s and early '80s. During the '80s, Fuller toured Europe regularly with the Timeless All-Stars, and performed and recorded with the revamped Jazztet in addition to leading a fine session for Savoy in 1993.
Ron Wynn

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Curtis Fuller


1 Five Spot After Dark (Golson)  5:18
2 Undecided (Robin, Shavers)  7:09
3 Blues-Ette (Fuller)  5:31
4 Minor Vamp (Golson)  5:12
5 Love Your Spell Is Everywhere (Janis)  7:07
6 Twelve-Inch (Fuller)  6:28
7 Five Spot After Dark [take 4] (Golson)  5:20
8 Blues-Ette [take 2] (Fuller)  7:48
9 Love Your Spell Is Everywhere [take 2] (Janis)  7:15


Curtis Fuller - tb
Benny Golson - ts
Tommy Flanagan - p
Jimmy Garrison - b
Al Harewood - dr

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; May 21, 1959


deGallo said...

Curtis Fuller - Blues-ette.... thank you.

Zape said...

What a lineup. Highly recommend. One of the most relaxed albums I've heard in a while. incredibly relaxed playing, in fact. My favs are whole album. Big smile and thank you very much!

Baron said...

Thank you Mel ... not heard any of this album before ... Zape certainly knows how to sell it ... Baron

reindeer man said...

Thanks for upgrade to lossless version of this, Mel! And with bonus alternate takes... very nice. Looking forward to hearing them.

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The Jackal said...

Dear Mel,

What a great classic showpiece of Golson chops and writing such a talent and so early.

Man, jazz is a deep ocean.....

Thanks again

jazzcat1228 said...

More great Fuller and with Benny Golson. Great stuff. Thank you, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

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