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Curtis Fuller: The Opener – Blue Note 1567

Read "Curtis Fuller: The Opener – Blue Note 1567" reviewed by Marc Davis

From the very first notes, it's obvious that Curtis Fuller's The Opener is something completely different. Yes, it's bop. Yes, it features the usual lineup of two horns, piano, bass and drums. And yes, one of those horns is saxman Hank Mobley, who, by law, was required to appear on every single Blue Note album in the 1950s and '60s. (Or maybe it only seems that way.) But wait--what's going on with those four opening notes? ...


Curtis Fuller: Down Home

Read "Down Home" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller was 22 years old when he played on John Coltrane's landmark Blue Train (Blue Note, 1957), and the saxophonist remained best friends with Fuller during the 1950s and '60s. In 2005, the trombonist met saxophonist Keith Oxman, and has since developed a friendship leading to Fuller's favorable comparison of his new friend to Coltrane. For the past seven years, Fuller has been performing and recording with a sextet of players he now calls his “band of ...


Curtis Fuller: Down Home

Read "Down Home" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The trombone can be smoothly seductive, raucous, rasping or cheekily fruity by turn. Curtis Fuller is a master of the instrument, a veteran of six decades of top flight jazz who is still full of creativity as a player and writer. Featuring his regular sextet, Down Home is an absolutely delightful recording--a sophisticated collection of tunes performed with a real sense of joy.Fuller's place in jazz history was assured with his appearance on saxophonist John Coltrane's Blue Train ...


Curtis Fuller: Down Home

Read "Down Home" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

The jazz world of the fifties and sixties was undeniably a golden age, and legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller was one of the era's key voices. Throughout his sixty-year career, Fuller has worked with some of jazz's foundational players: he appears on saxophonist John Coltrane's Blue Train (Blue Note, 1957), he was part of drummer Art Blakey's smoking hot, early sixties Jazz Messengers, plus he worked with trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, saxophonists Hank Mobley and Benny Golson, bassists Paul ...


Curtis Fuller: The Story Of Cathy & Me

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Legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller pays heartwarming tribute to his wife, Catherine Rose Driscoll Fuller, on The Story of Cathy & Me, a musical tale of how they met, how they lived and how he now lives without her (she passed away in January, 2010). The album's many soft and intense pieces reflect Fuller's deeply personal memories, and range of emotions from excitement to sadness.With titles like “My Lady's Tears," “Too Late Now," and “Life Was Good, What Went ...


Curtis Fuller/Gilbert Castellanos Quintet Live at the Saville Theater

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Curtis Fuller Quintet with Gilbert Castellanos Saville Theater, San Diego City College San Diego, CA September 21, 2010 There was a palpable sense of energy in the air for Tuesday night's concert which sold out well in advance. The chance to see a former band-mate of John Coltrane, (and a legend in his own right), doesn't come along very often--especially in San Diego. At age 75, trombonist Curtis Fuller doesn't seem to be slowing ...


Curtis Fuller: I Will Tell Her

Read "I Will Tell Her" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller and saxophonist Keith Oxman have performed a regular gig at the Dazzle nightclub in Denver leading to this first recording for Fuller on the Capri label. I Will Tell Her is a special album in several ways, dedicated to Fuller's late wife Cathy, the album is also the 100th of the Capri label and their first double CD. The two disc set comprises a studio recording session and a live date at the Denver nightclub. Fuller ...


Curtis Fuller: I Will Tell Her

Read "I Will Tell Her" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The title song and two-disc set are dedicated to a true love, but the music is clearly for the audience. I Will Tell Her, by trombonist Curtis Fuller, achieves plenty. The title song was written for Fuller's wife of 30 years, Cathy, who died before getting a chance to hear the music. The artist explains that she was a source of inspiration. That love comes through clearly in the 14 tracks--eight recorded in studio and six during a ...


Curtis Fuller: The Opener

Read "The Opener" reviewed by Graham L. Flanagan

What a rare privilege it is to review a new entry in Blue Note's esteemed RVG reissues series knowing that the featured artist can still be caught at venues around New York City. Such is the case with trombone virtuoso Curtis Fuller, whose 1957 Blue Note debut The Opener has been remastered courtesy of the great Rudy Van Gelder. Although he recorded two sessions for Prestige that predated it, Fuller's Blue Note date hit the shelves first. Therefore its title ...


Curtis Fuller: Motor City Messenger

Read "Curtis Fuller: Motor City Messenger" reviewed by Russ Musto

The most recorded jazz trombonist of his lifetime, Curtis Fuller's illustrious career spans six decades and includes tenures with many of the greatest names in this music. Born Dec. 15th, 1934 in Detroit, Fuller was orphaned at an early age, but found family in the close-knit jazz community of the musically fertile Motor City. He first picked up the trombone in the school band at Cass Tech High School, where his fellow students included Donald Byrd and Paul Chambers and ...


Curtis Fuller: The Opener

Read "The Opener" reviewed by Chris May

Detroit-born trombonist Curtis Fuller stepped into the hard bop big league during the summer of 1957 with a flurry of high profile sideman dates and two albums as leader, New Trombone (Prestige, 1957) and The Opener, made within a few weeks of each other. The Opener, a lithe and soulful but largely forgotten disc, has been rereleased as part of Blue Note's Rudy Van Gelder Remaster series.

In 1957, the big league meant New York, where Fuller had ...


Curtis Fuller: Up Jumped Spring; Keep It Simple

Read "Curtis Fuller: Up Jumped Spring; Keep It Simple" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

The timeless Curtis Fuller has been a brand name trombone player for about 50 years now and he's never sounded better than he does on his two new releases, Up Jumped Spring and Keep It Simple, which will enhance his standing as one of the bright and enduring stars in the jazz firmament. These discs prove that not only does he still have strong chops but he can bring a fresh perspective to classics and originals. This was evident during ...

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