Curtis Fuller: What Is This Thing Called Love
What Is This Thing Called Love
Curtis Fuller (trombone)
New Trombone (Prestige / OJC 7107)
Sonny Red Kyner (alto sax), Doug Watkins (bass), Louis Hayes (drums).
Composed by Cole Porter.
Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, May 11,1957
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
Curtis Fuller was the first and longest standing trombonist featured in the Jazz Messengers, and was a member of some of that band's most famous front lines. He shared the bandstand most notably with Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter on recordings such as Mosaic, Buhaina's Delight, Caravan and 3 Blind Mice Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. On this pre-Messengers track, Fuller and Hank Jones overshadow Red Kyner and the solid yet imperfect Latin-to-swing transitions by the rhythm section over the head of this classic tune. A fine Doug Watkins solo is answered by Fuller's brief yet exceptional second improvised statement at the tune's conclusion.
Reviewer: Eric Novod