All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

1

Tia Fuller: Diamond Cut

Hrayr Attarian By

Sign in to view read count
The engaging and enjoyable Diamond Cut is saxophonist Tia Fuller's fifth release as a leader and the first without a pianist. Fuller deftly fronts a different rhythm section on each half of the album. The only constant is guitarist Adam Rogers, whose restless, explorative style is the perfect foil for Fuller's ardent, poetic wit.

On the opening "In the Trenches" Fuller embellishes the breezy, mellifluous theme with gusto and passion. Rogers follows with a cool, muscular swagger that echoes the leader's creative spontaneity while his crystalline, dark phrases contrast with Fuller's vibrant and warm tones. Drummer Bill Stewart and bassist James Genus conclude with a thunderous and visceral conversation.

On the stimulating "Queen Intuition" Fuller alternates performing fragments of the melody with bassist Dave Holland over an understated rhythmic framework that drummer Jack DeJohnette creates. Fuller launches into a tense and thrillingly complex improvisation that seamlessly returns to the head that serves as a launchpad for Rogers' perfectly complementary solo.

Two guest artists, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, on percussion, and organist Sam Yahel, make one of the highlights of this album, "The Coming," even more memorable. The former's rumbling beats and the latter's otherworldly chords contribute to a dramatic ambience. Fuller fills it with understated virtuosity and fiery abandon. Carrington closes on an exciting note with her up-tempo, percolating vamps.

Another gem is the tender and emotive duet "Tears of Santa Barbara." Holland switches between melancholic con-arco lines and eloquent pizzicato. Fuller responds with a brilliant extemporization filled with wistful lyricism. The result is a haunting and poignant piece.

If there are breaks in the recording's cohesiveness it is not because of rotating roster of backing musicians. These rare spots where momentum slacks are on pop leaning material like the R&B-ish "Save Your Love for Me." With Yahel's organ adding a smooth groove this romantic piece is effervescent and sweet. Fuller unfurls a luscious saxophone song over the band's languid refrains. She manages to make it charming and fun as she eschews the saccharine.

Diamond Cut heralds a new stage in Fuller's already stellar career. With a new group and varying material, she firmly establishes herself as a unique voice in the mainstream while cautiously trying out fresh ideas.

Track Listing: The Trenches; Save Your Love For Me; I Love You; Queen Intuition; Joe’n Around; Crowns Of Grey; The Coming; Soul Eyes; Delight; Fury Of Da’Mond; Tears Of Santa Barbara; Joe’n Around (Alternate Take).

Personnel: Tia Fuller: saxophones; Adam Rogers: guitar; James Genus: bass; Bill Stewart: drums; Terri Lyne Carrington: percussion (7, 8); Sam Yahel: organ (2, 7); Jack DeJohnette: drums (4, 5, 7-9); Dave Holland, bass (4, 5, 7-9, 11).

Title: Diamond Cut | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Mack Avenue Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Diamond Cut

Diamond Cut

Mack Avenue Records
2018

buy
Angelic Warrior

Angelic Warrior

Mack Avenue Records
2012

buy
Decisive Steps

Decisive Steps

Mack Avenue Records
2010

buy
Healing Space

Healing Space

Mack Avenue Records
2007

buy

Related Articles

Read Return to the Future CD/LP/Track Review
Return to the Future
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 17, 2018
Read Telepathy CD/LP/Track Review
Telepathy
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 17, 2018
Read The Whole Thing Is Just There CD/LP/Track Review
The Whole Thing Is Just There
by John Bricker
Published: November 17, 2018
Read Haydn: Symphony No. 39, Symphony No. 87, Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante CD/LP/Track Review
Haydn: Symphony No. 39, Symphony No. 87, Mozart –...
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: November 17, 2018
Read Rogue Star CD/LP/Track Review
Rogue Star
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 17, 2018
Read Out in the Open CD/LP/Track Review
Out in the Open
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 16, 2018
Read "UpRoot" CD/LP/Track Review UpRoot
by John Sharpe
Published: May 4, 2018
Read "Barefoot Dances and Other Visions" CD/LP/Track Review Barefoot Dances and Other Visions
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 15, 2018
Read "Strata" CD/LP/Track Review Strata
by Karl Ackermann
Published: September 5, 2018
Read "Out Of Silence" CD/LP/Track Review Out Of Silence
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 17, 2017
Read "First Things First" CD/LP/Track Review First Things First
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 4, 2018
Read "Marfa Loops Shouts and Hollers" CD/LP/Track Review Marfa Loops Shouts and Hollers
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 28, 2018