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In his mid-seventies at the time of this 2011 session, master trombonist Curtis Fuller is very much at the top of his game. Working with a familiar group, all of whose members appeared on his Capri CD I Will Tell Her (tenor saxophonist Keith Oxman, trumpeter Al Hood, pianist Chip Stephens, bassist Ken Walker, and drummer Todd Reid), Fuller not only brought arrangements but encouraged the Denver-based musicians to contribute theirs as well. The feeling one gets is of a touring band, not one put together for a recording. Fuller's charts are lively with rich ensembles, potent solos all around, and a hip energy that makes one want to hear them again. Among the highlights of Fuller's compositions are the spirited soul-jazz vehicle "Down Home," the hip "Nu Groove," and the easygoing "Sweetness," featuring Hood's sublime muted trumpet. Stephens contributed the swaggering "C Hip's Blues," something that would have fit perfectly into 1960s hard bop repertoire had it been available. Oxman penned the upbeat "Jonli Bercosta," which has rich ensembles and fine solos. Recommended.


Born: December 15, 1934 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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Down Home, Curtis Fuller
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Bop, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Jun 19, 2012

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