Decisive Steps

Decisive Steps

by Tia Fuller Tia Fuller


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Tia Fuller's time on the road with pop superstar Beyoncé Knowles has to be as profitable a venture as anyone could dream of, yet she returns to the modern mainstream of contemporary jazz with this third CD, whose title, Decisive Steps, assures everyone where her true heart lies. While alto saxophonist Fuller loves her straight-ahead bop, she's open to Brazilian music, a little funk but not too much, and she enjoys mixing it up with superstars like Christian McBride, rising star vibraphonist Warren Wolf, or fellow Mack Avenue labelmate, trumpeter Sean Jones. Fuller's core group is all female, with sister/pianist Shamie Royston on keyboards, the fine bassist Miriam Sullivan, and drummer Kim Thompson, and they clearly play well together as a unit. Bookended by bop tracks like the smoking title track and a roaring version of "My Shining Hour," Fuller paints broadly brushed strokes in complete tandem with Jones and Royston's tip-toe piano on the 6/8 in 4/4 "Windsoar," in R&B style, adding Fender Rhodes for the retro "Ebb & Flow," and picking up a flute for the most delightful waltz, "Night Glow." Wolf and McBride appear on two tracks that broaden Fuller's horizon into neo-bop, a style that she should explore more, as the acclaimed bassist has. This is a very well-conceived and consistently good album, not a magnum opus, but it indicates she's well on her way to producing a great modern jazz album in the not-too-distant future.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2010
Label: Mack Avenue
UPC: 0673203104327
catalogNumber: 1043
Rank: 153028


  1. Decisive Steps
  2. Windsoar
  3. Ebb & Flow
  4. I Can't Get Started
  5. Kissed By the Sun
  6. Steppin'
  7. Shades of McBride
  8. Clear Mind
  9. Night Glow
  10. My Shining Hour

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tia Fuller   Primary Artist,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Christian McBride   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Shamie Royston   Piano,fender rhodes
Sean Jones   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Guest Appearance
Kim Thompson   Drums
Miriam Sullivan   Acoustic Bass
Warren Wolf   Vibes,Guest Appearance
Maurice Chestnut   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Harold Arlen   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Pryor   Producer
Rudy Royston   Composer
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Maria Ehrenreich   Producer
Janine Coveney McAdams   Liner Notes
Shamie Royston   Composer
Pablo Arraya   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Gretchen Carhartt   Executive Producer
Raj Naik   Art Direction
Tia Fuller   Arranger,Composer
Artie Smith   Drum Technician
Maurice Chestnut   Tap Dancing

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