Sunday, 2 May 2010

Curtis Fuller: "The Opener"

Curtis Fuller

( LP Blue Note Records, 1957 )
Catalog # BLP 1567

Curtis Fuller - Trombone
Hank Mobley - Tenor Sax (Tracks #2, #3, #5, #6)
Bobby Timmons - Piano
Paul Chambers - Bass
Art Taylor - Drums

Recorded at the Van Gelder Recording Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
June 16, 1957

01 A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
02 Hugore
03 Oscalypso
04 Here's to My Lady
05 Lizzy's Bounce
06 Soon

The Opener is trombonist Curtis Fuller's first album for Blue Note and it is a thoroughly impressive affair. Working with a quintet featuring tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, pianist Bobby Timmons, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor, Fuller runs through a set of three standards -- "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening," "Here's to My Lady," "Soon" -- two originals and an Oscar Pettiford-penned calypso. The six songs give Fuller a chance to display his warm, fluid style in all of its variations. "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" illustrates that he can be seductive and lyrical on ballads, while the brassy "Hugore" and hard-swinging "Lizzy's Bounce" shows that he can play hard without getting sloppy. His backing musicians are equally impressive; in particular, Mobley's robust playing steals the show. In all, The Opener, along with his three earlier sessions for Prestige and New Jazz, establishes Fuller as one of the most distinctive and original hard bop trombonists of the late '50s.
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine
(AMG. Copyright © 2010 All Media Guide, LLC. Content provided by All Music Guide ®, a trademark of All Media Guide, LLC. All rights reserved.)

By Rob


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