Curtis Fuller

I Will Tell Her (CAPRI 74100-2)

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I Will Tell Her

Curtis Fuller



CAP 124281

CAPRI 74100-2



I Will Tell Her

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(2-CD set) Legendary jazz trombonist Curtis Fuller's newest recording I Will Tell Her is a tribute to his wife of over 30 years. The sextet includes saxophonist Keith Oxman whom Fuller compares to the late great John Coltrane. Fuller has been working with this group for the last 5 years, which is evident in the tightness of their playing. This double CD features the sextet in both live and studio settings masterfully playing Fuller's original music. The title track, a beautiful ballad, has never been recorded before now.

Curtis Fuller: trombone
Keith Oxman: tenor sax
Al Hood: trumpet
Chip Stephens: piano
Ken Walker: bass
Todd Reid: drums

Woodrow Wilkins / AllAboutJazz wrote:

The title song and two-disc set are dedicated to a true love, but the music is clearly for the audience. I Will Tell Her, by trombonist Curtis Fuller, achieves plenty.

The title song was written for Fuller's wife of 30 years, Cathy, who died before getting a chance to hear the music. The artist explains that she was a source of inspiration. That love comes through clearly in the 14 tracks—eight recorded in studio and six during a performance at Dazzle, a jazz club in Denver.

"Minor's Holiday," one of four songs that appear in both sets, has a small, big-band feel. As a unit, the three horns sound like a fuller section. After the opening sequence, Chip Stephens solos over bass and drums. Al Hood performs a free-spirited solo, followed by Keith Oxman and Fuller.

"Maze" has a cool backbeat, with plenty of action by Stephens, Ken Walker and Todd Reid. Oxman is out front much of the time, putting the tenor through some throaty grinds and high-pitch squeals. At times, there is the twang of the bass strings. For the live version, the band nearly doubles the length of "The Court." Fuller leads, with Hood and Oxman answering his calls. The muted trombone has a wah-wah feel. Hood and Stephens stretch out on solos.


The live version of "Maze" doesn't stand out much, relative to the studio recording. It's like listening to live and studio versions of Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay" on the same CD. When the session recording is of exceptional quality, there's not much to ask for in the live version. Yet, Fuller's band—like Hubbard's—does provide something extra. Solos are longer and mood changes are a little more distinct. Also, Hood delivers a Hubbard-like solo, making the trumpet bounce and snap back during some phrases.


Combined, the two discs of I Will Tell Her run just short of two hours. Pairing a studio session with a concert gives a strong sense of how well this band interacts.