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Saxophonist and composer Tia Fuller is a member of Beyonce’s all-female band, but she’s also a jazz artist, and on her third release, 2010’s Decisive Steps, she leads an all-female quartet. The album has range: there are hard-driving originals, a funk-track (“Ebb and Flow”), standards, and a cut that features tap dancer Maurice Chestnut (“Steppin”). Fuller’s band — pianist Shamie Royston (Fuller’s sister), bassist Miriam Sullivan, and drummer Kim Thompson — is tight as well as versatile. The complex, high-energy title track has an alto solo by Fuller that dazzles the listener with its lucid contours. Accompanied by Christian McBride on bass and Warren Wolf on vibraphone, Fuller imbues Vernon Duke and Ira Gershwin’s “I Can’t Get Started” with old-school feeling, while an uptempo, swinging take on Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer’s “My Shining Hour” has a distinctly modern vibe thanks to Fuller’s arrangement. “Windsoar,” composed by Royston, is one of the best things here, and her husband Rudy Royston, wrote “Night Glow,” a piece that sports a lovely head played by Fuller on flute and Sean Jones on flugelhorn. 

Customer Reviews

Just Feels Right

Sometimes people get too cerebal about jazz and forget the wonderful spiritual fullfilment it can bring. When you hear this and any other of Ms. Fuller's CDs it just feels right.

"Decisive Steps"

Ms. Fuller's sound is smooth and inviting. Each track is not just a song but a new experience.

Decisive Steps

I was looking up another artist and it showed her album.I thought she was an jazz vocalist so I sampled the tracks.It was an instant like so I bought them.I'm playing it now as i write.I'm not disappointed through six tracks


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Composer, arranger, and bandleader Tia Fuller wears a total of six hats in her career in traditional jazz, because she's also an alto saxophonist, a soprano saxophonist, and a flautist. Fuller is surely one of the hottest young lionesses to come along in traditional jazz in the last decade. Based in Jersey City, NJ, she has two albums out under her own name, both for the Mack Avenue Jazz label. Aside from being a major talent who's on the bill at prestigious jazz festivals, she's as academically...
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Decisive Steps, Tia Fuller
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Mar 16, 2010

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