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Curtis Fuller - The Opener on LP - direct audio

Curtis Fuller - The Opener on LP

Blue Note Records

  • $ 1999


Curtis Fuller The Opener on LP

Remastered & Reissued As Part of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign

When bebop took over from swing, it was feared that the trombone was on its way to becoming a minor instrument. Few other than J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding could figure out how to play the potentially-awkward trombone at the rapid speeds favored by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. However Curtis Fuller, who emerged in the mid-1950s, developed a style inspired by J.J. Johnson that became an influential force and helped to save the instrument.

By the time he recorded The Opener in 1957, Fuller was the definitive hard bop trombonist, a position that he would own after spending several years in the 1960s as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. For his debut Blue Note album, Fuller digs into three standards, two originals and "Oscalypso" (a calypso by Oscar Pettiford), showing that the trombone has an important role in modern jazz, at least by those who could play on this level. His warmth, swing and consistently colorful ideas make The Opener one of Fuller's most exciting and memorable.

Musicians:

Curtis Fuller (trombone)
Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone)
Bobby Timmons (piano)
Paul Chambers (bass)
Art Taylor (drums)

Features:

• Remastered and reissued as part of the Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign
• Vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was, to include 100 essential Blue Note albums
• Includes special Blue Note 75 vinyl sleeve that features album cover art for 75 Blue Note titles
• First run of vinyl to include Blue Note 75th logo on back of package
• Key to the Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign is the creation of high quality audio at an affordable price
• All year long Blue Note will celebrate their iconic artists and the history of the label with various events, digital initiatives, vinyl campaigns and more

Curtis Fuller The Opener Track Listing:

1. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
2. Hugore
3. Oscalypso
4. Here's To My Lady
5. Lizzy's Bounce
6. Soon

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