Album Details

Jazz, Hard Bop

Album Review

Trombonist Curtis Fuller, who developed his sound out of the style of J.J. Johnson, recorded prolifically as a leader from 1957-1962. After recording three dates for Prestige and New Jazz within a seven-day period in 1957, Fuller made four albums for Blue Note from 1957-1958, and after three albums for Savoy, he cut a lone session for United Artists in 1959. All of the five Blue Note and United Artists records (plus an alternate take of "Down Home") are on this excellent three-CD limited box set, released in 1996. Fuller is heard with four different quintets that include either tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, baritonist Tate Houston, trumpeter Art Farmer, or (on a date only previously out in Japan) fellow trombonist Slide Hampton; the rhythm sections consist of either Bobby Timmons or Sonny Clark on piano, Paul Chambers or George Tucker on bass, and Art Taylor, Louis Hayes, or Charlie Persip in the drum slot. In addition, there is a sextet session with Lee Morgan, Mobley, Tommy Flanagan, Chambers, and Elvin Jones that has arrangements by Gigi Gryce and Benny Golson. Throughout, the music is high-quality hard bop with plenty of fine features for the underrated but talented Curtis Fuller.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Lizzy's Bounce
  2. Soon
  3. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
  4. Here's to My Lady
  5. Oscalypso
  6. Hugore
  7. Algonquin
  8. Bone and Bari
  9. Nita's Waltz
  10. Again
  11. Heart and Soul
  12. Pickup
  13. Quantrale
  14. Two Quarters of a Mile
  15. Little Messenger
  16. It's Too Late Now
  17. Jeanie
  18. Carvon
  19. Pajama Tops
  20. Slide's Ride
  21. Loquacious Lady
  22. Mean Jean
  23. Fuss Budget
  24. Oatmeal Cookie
  25. Da-Baby
  26. Down Home
  27. Down Home [Alternate Take]
  28. C.T.A.
  29. When Lights Are Low
  30. (I Wonder) Where Our Love Has Gone
  31. Bongo Bop
  32. Bit of Heaven