Angelic Warrior

Angelic Warrior

by Tia Fuller


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Angelic Warrior

Tia Fuller's fourth CD (and third for Mack Avenue) is a diverse affair, with a top-drawer supporting group (keyboardist Shamie Royston, bassist Mimi Jones, and drummer Rudy Royston) and several guests. The focus is primarily on the leader's originals, starting with the diverse post-bop vehicle "Royston Rumble" that showcases Fuller's explosive, often gritty alto, guest John Patitucci's bubbling electric bass, and drummer Rudy Royston's fiery closing break. "Ralphie's Groove" proves immediately infectious with its soulful theme, while Fuller's dramatic "Angelic Warrior" showcases her considerable chops on soprano sax in dramatic fashion, with Terri Lynne Carrington taking over on drums. "Tailor Made" mixes contemporary flavor and R&B in a spirited manner. Guest vocalist Dianne Reeves' sincere performance in "Body and Soul" is somewhat handicapped by the funky backbeat and bland backdrop scored by Fuller. Other standards fare better, including interweaves of two Cole Porter favorites, "So in Love" and "All of You," the first introduced with a staccato unison line by alto and bass (with Patitucci taking over on acoustic bass), with Carrington again on drums. "Cherokee" is far from the usual bop interpretation, with Royston's distorted Fender Rhodes providing an unusual springboard behind the leader's high-powered alto sax. The future of jazz is safe with contributions from rising stars like Tia Fuller.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2012
Label: Mack Avenue
UPC: 0673203106826
catalogNumber: 1068
Rank: 183692

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tia Fuller   Primary Artist,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Terri Lyne Carrington   Drums,Guest Appearance
John Patitucci   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Piccolo Bass,Guest Appearance
Dianne Reeves   Vocals
Rudy Royston   Drums
Shamie Royston   Piano,fender rhodes
Mimi Jones   Acoustic Bass
Shirazette Tinnin   Percussion

Technical Credits

Terri Lyne Carrington   Arranger
Ray Noble   Composer
Gary Armstrong   Additional Production
Edward Heyman   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Pryor   Producer
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Maria Ehrenreich   Producer,Creative Services Director
Myles Weinstein   Booking
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Damon Whittemore   Engineer
Raj Naik   Art Direction
Tia Fuller   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Brian McKenna   Producer,Management
John Green   Composer
Gretchen Valade   Executive Producer

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