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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This budget two-fer in Impulse's 2011 reissue series offers trombonist Curtis Fuller's first two releases for the label, both recorded in 1961; they are his 18th and 19th overall. The first, Soul Trombone, recorded in November, is aptly titled and places Fuller as the leader of a stellar band that includes pianist Cedar Walton, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Granville T. Hogan on drums, and either Jimmy Cobb or Jymie Merritt on bass. Of the six track on the set, three are originals, and they include the stellar hard bop offering "The Clan," the swinging "Newdles," and the breezy "Ladies Night." Two standard ballads here, "In the Wee Small Hours of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This budget two-fer in Impulse's 2011 reissue series offers trombonist Curtis Fuller's first two releases for the label, both recorded in 1961; they are his 18th and 19th overall. The first, Soul Trombone, recorded in November, is aptly titled and places Fuller as the leader of a stellar band that includes pianist Cedar Walton, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Granville T. Hogan on drums, and either Jimmy Cobb or Jymie Merritt on bass. Of the six track on the set, three are originals, and they include the stellar hard bop offering "The Clan," the swinging "Newdles," and the breezy "Ladies Night." Two standard ballads here, "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," and Stan Getz's arrangement of "Dear Old Stockholm," are also beautifully delivered. On this date, Fuller allowed all of his sidemen to stretch out and engage with one another generously. Cabin in the Sky is an entirely different kind of outing, and almost experimental -- though not in the avant-garde sense -- with Fuller leading a pair of different large bands that include a full string section arranged by Harry Lookofsky and conducted by Manny Albam. This date relies heavily but not exclusively on the tunes of Vernon Duke and John Latouche. The emphasis here is on texture, color, and harmony, but as a result, some of Fuller's authority is overshadowed by the elaborate and restrictive arrangements. That said, this set is far from uninteresting, and given the price tag, irresistible. Some of the players on this date include Bob Brookmeyer, Kai Winding, Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson. Standouts include non string-arranged tracks such as "Honey in the Honeycomb" and "Savannah."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2011
  • Label: Impulse Records
  • UPC: 600753348796
  • Catalog Number: 5334879
  • Sales rank: 156,448

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Curtis Fuller Primary Artist, Trombone
Bob Brookmeyer Trombone
Eddie Costa Percussion, Vibes
Art Davis Bass
Jimmy Heath Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones Piano
Cedar Walton Piano
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Jymie Merritt Bass
Manny Albam Conductor
Ray Alonge French Horn
Wayne Andre Trombone
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Harry Lookofsky Concert Master
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Milt Hinton Bass
Tony Miranda French Horn
Harvey Phillips Tuba
Alan Raph Bass Trombone
Margaret Ross Harp
Morris Secon French Horn
Kai Winding Trombone
Granville T. Hogan Drums
Jimmy Buffington French Horn
Ossie Johnson Drums
Al Dersi Trumpet
Technical Credits
Ernesto Lecuona Composer
Curtis Fuller Composer
Stan Getz Composer
David Mann Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Frank Abbey Engineer
Manny Albam Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Margo Guryan Liner Notes
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Bob Hilliard Composer
John Latouche Composer
Al Stillman Composer
Bob Thiele Producer
Roger Edens Composer
Hall Johnson Composer
Joe Lebow Liner Design
Ted Fetter Composer
Traditional Composer
Pete Turner Cover Photo
George Bassmann Composer
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