8

Champian Fulton: The Stylings Of Champian

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
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 album—a two disc, eighty-five minute exploration of the time-tested Great American Songbook tunes and jazz standards.

Listening to the disc's opener, the much-covered "Day By Day," it's hard to believe that, early on in her career, Fulton considered dropping the vocal side of her artistry to concentrate on her piano playing. But that didn't happen, and "Day By Day" says that's a very good thing. Supremely assured, she has developed a clean and precise articulation combined with exquisite phrasing.

"Lollipops and Roses" is not a song you'll encounter everyday in the jazz experience. The lyrics are advice for dealing with a temperamental woman. Fulton imparts this guidance with such good humor and grace (The Champian Charm) that it could be the set's highlight. And throw in a superb and concise piano solo.

With eighty-five minutes, there is plenty of room for instrumentals: A terrific take on Oscar Peterson's "Blues Etude," along with "Rodeo," from the pen of her father, Stephen Fulton, who sits in of flugelhorn on seven of the disc's fourteen tunes; and an ebullient rendition of Cedar Walton's "Martha's Place," and a high-energy take on "All The Things You Are," featuring Fulton cooking over a high flame with his flugelhorn.

Another highlight: "Body and Soul," with a phantasmal and fluid bass/vocal duet from Hide Tanka and Fulton.

Track Listing: CD 1: Day By Day; Lollipops And Roses; I Only Have Eyes For You; Blues Etude; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; Rodeo; Darn that Dream; Too Marvelous For Words; Body And Soul. CD 2: Isn't It A Lovely Day; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; Martha's Prize; Lonesome And Sorry; All The Things You Are.

Personnel: Champian Fulton: piano, vocals; Hide Tanaka: bass; Fukushi Tainaka: drums; Stephen Fulton: flugelhorn (CD 1: 1, 3, 6, 8. CD 2: 1, 3, 5).

Title: The Stylings Of Champian | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Champian Records

About Champian Fulton
Articles | Calendar | Discography | Photos | More...

Tags

Watch

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Road Warrior
Road Warrior
By Chris May
Read Catania
Catania
By Ian Patterson
Read Magma
Magma
By Mark Corroto
Read The Outsider
The Outsider
By Mark Sullivan
Read The People I Love
The People I Love
By Mark Corroto
Read Drone Dream
Drone Dream
By John Sharpe
Read Uppsala 1971
Uppsala 1971
By Chris Mosey