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Album Review

Champian Fulton: Birdsong

Read "Birdsong" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Champian Fulton was introduced to alto saxophonist Charlie Parker during her stay in the womb. The New York-based pianist/vocalist's father, Stephen Fulton held a high opinion ("The most beautiful music that ever was") of Charlie Parker With Strings (Verve, 1950), so he made a cassette tape of the recording and played it during his wife Susan's pregnancy: The sound waves of Charlie Parker and Orchestra traversing maternal flesh to burst into the domain of amniotic fluid to find their way ...

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Album Review

Champian Fulton & Cory Weeds: Dream a little...

Read "Dream a little..." reviewed by Martin McFie


As pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton says, “ A duet is a unique setting." Released from the need for arrangements, she and alto saxophonist Cory Weeds were free to roam, relaxed into the music without even drums or bass to consider. A pianist and singer is more used to the isolation of solo performance, but an alto saxophonist stands out in solo sections too. For his part in this jny:Vancouver, BC, recording, Weeds remarked, “This is a live recording made ...

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Live Review

Champian Fulton at The Jazz Corner

Read "Champian Fulton at The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie


Champian Fulton The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island December 20-21, 2019 By the time Christmas comes around, those old seasonal songs are worn out. They are exhausted by overexposure in elevators, shopping malls, and streamed everywhere for a whole month of every year.  In complete contrast, a breath of sharp, fresh air breezed into The Jazz Corner, when charming Champian Fulton dropped into jny: Hilton Head island with her quartet. They stopped on their ...

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Album Review

Champian Fulton: The Stylings Of Champian

Read "The Stylings Of Champian" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton may be the most charming person in the world. Even a short sip of her extensive internet presence (especially YouTube, with performances and interviews) reveals an artist who radiates the joy of creation with a luminescent personality. Her music reflects that personality, and--like the sounds of of Bud Powell and Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong--it lifts the spirit high. And swing? Like the best of them. The Stylings of Champian is Fulton's tenth ...

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Album Review

Champian Fulton: Christmas With Champian

Read "Christmas With Champian" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton may be the only kindergartner in history to take a Charlie Parker CD into school for show and tell. The effect of her presentation on her classmates is uncertain, but  she fought the good fight. Now, almost three decades after the “Bird Goes to  Kindergarten" incident, Champian Fulton can be found on the bandstand and in the recording studio, coming into full bloom as a top tier jazz artist, with nine previous studio albums in ...

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Album Review

Champian Fulton & Scott Hamilton: The Things We Did Last Summer

Read "The Things We Did Last Summer" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Sometimes it's destiny. In the case of pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton: Her father, Stephen Fulton, is a jazz trumpeter who, early on, exposed his daughter to the sounds of classic jazz, to the exclusion of the then current popular sounds. Also, legendary trumpeter Clark Terry, Stephen's friend,  hung around the Fulton house from Champian's earliest days, and slipped into a mentoring role  for the young woman as she became a professional in her pre-teen years. But most tellingly, upon entering kindergarten ...

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Album Review

Champian Fulton: Speechless

Read "Speechless" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Speechless is a date that may be best classified as a centrist statement, but it's far from the norm for Champian Fulton. While many have come to know and admire Fulton for her arresting vocals and piano work, both usually given in service to Great American Songbook classics, she's not conforming to those expectations here. For her eighth album in total, and her debut on the Posi-Tone imprint, Fulton is staying completely mum for the first time, putting her piano ...


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