6

Larry Fuller Trio at The Jazz Corner

Martin McFie By

Sign in to view read count
The Lary Fuller Trio
The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
November 9-10, 2018

The Larry Fuller Trio came into Hilton Head, SC from Asheville to play The Jazz Corner. Next stop for them is home to New York City then Denver, Las Vegas, and out along the Californian coast.

Larry Fuller plays piano with energy and verve delivering every note evenly. The quality of his music is so high it can have a lulling effect: it demands concentration if the listener is to fully appreciate it. It is always a compliment when local pianists line the back wall capturing the music and technique with their cell phones. Fuller was joined by former Professor Jason Tiemann on crisp drums and George DeLancey on his own bass which he drove down from New York, collecting the other band members in Asheville along the way.

They started out with a Johnny Mandel tune "Close enough for Love." Mandel was also recognized for his screen compositions for "M*A*S*H" and "Agatha," the story of the breakdown and disappearance of mystery authoress Agatha Christie. The trio played a couple of blues-styled pieces, one composed by all-time great trumpet soloist Thad Jones who wrote "Don't get Sassy" and another, a Beach Boys number, "The Girl from New York City." Fuller formerly played piano with legendary bassist Ray Brown, who was briefly the husband and always the friend of Ella Fitzgerald. Fuller celebrated the association with his former bandleader by playing one of Brown's own compositions, "Lined with a Groove."

Fuller is not genre-bound in his musical choices, in fact he seeks out the unusual, joining together melody jigsaws by varying tempi and styles. In a seemingly unusual pairing, the trio played Duke Ellington's "Reflections in D" fused together with the classic Joni Mitchell folk tune "Both Sides Now" the pieces flowed together slowly with depth and an unexpected ease.

Altogether an interesting, unusual and adventurous set list played with energy, crisp finishes and superb crafting.

Post a comment

Tags

View events near Hilton Head Island
Jazz Near Hilton Head Island
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon

More

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.