February 4, 2016

Curtis Fuller - The Opener (1957)


There is something so cozy about the trombone quartet tracks, especially with Fuller doing it (I mean shit, this is the only album I've ever heard with a trombone quartet). Hank Mobley is a hit or miss saxophonist in my opinion, but he does a solid job here, though someone like Johnny Griffin would have done more than just act as a placeholder. The same could be said about Art Taylor, a nice drummer, but some Philly Joe Jones-Paul Chambers chemistry would be even doper. Curtis Fuller may be my favorite trombonist because of the extra round and soft texture he employs--something bop freight trains Jay Jay Johnson and Julian Priester didn't quite hit. Just a lovely bop and ballad session from the classic Blue Note era.

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The Opener