Saturday, May 16, 2015

Curtis Fuller - Jazz... It's Magic !

Trombonist Curtis Fuller's recordings for Savoy in the 1950s, like those of labelmates Hank Mobley, Milt Jackson, Wilbur Harden, Donald Byrd, and others, were prototypes in the development of hard bop. The next stage would come with the subsequent work of many of the same artists for Blue Note, where improved recording technique, greater attention to writing and arranging, and a more generous policy with respect to preparation and rehearsal time helped bring in the classic hard bop era of the late '50s and early '60s. On Fuller's Jazz...It's Magic, the hard bop prototype is still under refinement, but it's easy to enjoy the music in its essential elements : elegant, bluesy melodies; earthy, yet sophisticated, solo work ; and fresh treatments of standards. For this 1957 date, Fuller is joined by the appealingly urbane Tommy Flanagan (piano), the versatile Louis Hayes (drums), and George Tucker (bass), whose loping but solid style resembles Paul Chambers'. Joining the trombonist in the frontline is the relatively obscure alto player Sonny Red, who has a clean, expressive, melodic approach to the Charlie Parker legacy that provides many of this CD's best moments. Three Fuller originals, Frank Foster's "Upper Berth," and a medley of ballad standards make up the program. If there are any misgivings about the CD, it would be the long medley (over 13 minutes), which drags on the overall pace. That said, Red's and Flanagan's solo spots on the medley are superb, but the listener's attention can be expected to wander by the time the trombonist finally steps up for his three choruses.
Jim Todd

Source :

urtis Fuller
Jazz... It's Magic !


1 Two Ton (Fuller)  4:48
2 Medley - It's Magic
My One and Only Love/They Didn't Believe Me
(Cahn, Kern, Rourke, Staine, Wood)  13:41
3 Soul Station (Fuller)  5:42
4 Club Car (Fuller)  7:15
5 Upper Berth (Foster)  8:32


Curtis Fuller - tb
Sonny Red - as
Tommy Flanagan - p
George Tucker - b
Louis Hayes - dr

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; September 5, 1957


BlueNote97 said...


Ça c'est surprenant, mais dans le link il n'y a pas de KB. Merci de votre atention.

Philo said...

Curtis Fuller - Jazz...It's Magic (1957)

Just got a chance to listen to this album.

Very nice stuff.


Orbyt said...

Terrific post Mel, many thanks!

Baron said...

Thanks Mel ... Fuller again ... It's Magic ... Baron

Peter said...

Bluenote .... Mel is the Moriarty of music bloggers.

You will have to think like Sherlock.

Peter said...

And thx Mel!

Tibau said...

Only pearls.!!!

duck said...

Thanks again Mel, another wonderful upgrade.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel! I don't think you can go wrong with a Curtis Fuller album.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Great! Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Anonymous said...

Too bad the link is dead - Could you kindly reup Thanks a lot