The title of saxophonist Tia Fuller's third album for the Mack Avenue imprint is a bit of an oxymoron, yet it fits her sound so well. Fuller's saxophone work exhibits a bright tone, but her soloing is often full of dark thoughts and her oft-agreeable and positive musical persona belies the fact that she has razor sharp chops that can dig into the auditory canal in powerful and pleasurable ways. Fuller is constantly at work, but her own music has often been put on the back burner so she can lend her soulful sound to artists like ...read more
Tia FullerWilliam Paterson University Jazz RoomWayne, NJFebruary 13, 2011 Who is Tia Fuller? Oddly enough, the question came to mind after the conclusion of a performance at William Paterson University's Jazz Room. During the seventy-five minute set, Fuller deftly juggled a handful of identities: audience tour guide; purveyor of positive, uplifting messages; leader of a fierce band; composer and arranger; and, perhaps most importantly, a positively hellacious saxophonist. With the help of a wireless mic, Fuller made a theatrical entrance by blowing the alto from the wings and slowly making her way ...read more
For saxophonist Tia Fuller, becoming a musician, and concentrating on jazz, seems almost preordained. After all, she came from a musical family who loved and performed jazz. She started playing piano at the age of 3. Music has always been in her life.
Then there's that family video where, at age 9, asked what she wanted to do in her life, she tells her father she wants to play the saxophone.
That's the only reason I knew what I said, because I saw it (on the video). Even though it was over three years ...read more
Tia Fuller makes strong statements with her solid saxophone and imaginative compositions in Decisive Steps. She surrounds herself here with female musician--drummer Kim Thompson, bassist Miriam Sullivan, and pianist Shamie Royston, who also plays Fender Rhodes. Prominent as well, are male guest stars: bassist Christian McBride, trumpeter Sean Jones, and vibraphonist Warren Wolf.
This is Fuller's second Mack Avenue release following 2007's Healing Space. Excelling in all the reeds, she prominently displays her alto and soprano work here. It is obvious as she reveals in the liner notes, that her strongest influence is Cannonball Adderley. But she also looks to ...read more
This program of original music by saxophonist Tia Fuller recalls the memorable 1960s Blue Note years when jazz had soul as well as a melody that you could remember the next day. Each piece relates to her album's theme, the healing power of music. She brings many different moods during the session, which all have something in common: each selection cries out with the soul-baring emotion.
Fuller comes from a musical family. Her mother and father, both professional musicians, organized a family band that brought their children along well. That experience gave her the freedom that she needed ...read more
Saxophonist and flutist Tia Fuller stakes her claim to being one of the finest new musicians on the scene with her exhilarating debut as a leader, Pillar of Strength. Her top-shelf chops on reed and wind instruments are complemented by her formidable skills as a composer and arranger, and she has an excellent band along for the ride.Things jump off at the top with the burning title cut, a Marion Jones sprint, with Fuller playing an alto solo bursting with passion and dexterity. Kim Thompson thunders behind her on drums, Miriam Sullivan's bass pumps the bloodstream, and Miki ...read more