Ted Curson is still very active as a trumpeter and flugelhornist in his seventies, when most players formerly had to give up the instrument for health reasons. Surrounding himself with a strong, young band made up of enthusiastic French musicians, plus several vocalists, Curson's two-CD set compiles highlights from a pair of nights at the Sunside in Paris. Like Dizzy Gillespie, Curson's intonation and power aren't what they were as a younger man, but his solos are still full of risk-taking moments. The obvious highlights of the first disc are the instrumentals, including smoldering up-tempo interpretations of ...read more
Journeyman is often applied to those in the jazz business, but stevedore might be more apt. After all, both individuality and slow recognition are the result of impossibly hard work, and Curson is the rule rather than the exception. Born June 3rd, 1935 in Philadelphia, Ted Curson came to music early on, playing saxophone from age five and trumpet from ten. When I was a kid, there was a guy who came through the streets selling newspapers, and he had a silver trumpet...so I asked my father for one of those. He really preferred the alto because in those days ...read more
By Ted Curson Too many jazz folks have left us this year. But in my career I have had the pleasure of at least a brush with many of them. Robin Kenyatta During the '60s, all musicians worth their salt were worried about their sound and their soloing and how many choruses they planned to play. I called Robin Kenyatta for my last date on Atlantic Records - the album called Quicksand. I had Kenny Barron, Richard Davis, Bill Barron on tenor, Robin Kenyatta on alto and flute, Butch Curson (my brother) ...read more
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