Curtis Fuller: What Is This Thing Called Love


What Is This Thing Called Love


Curtis Fuller (trombone)


New Trombone (Prestige / OJC 7107)

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Curtis Fuller (trombone), Hank Jones (piano),

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

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