* The 2003 edition of BLUES-ETTE includes 2 bonus tracks.
* Personnel: Curtis Fuller (trombone); Benny Golson (tenor saxophone); Tommy Flanagan (piano); Jimmy Garrison (bass); Al Harewood (drums).
* Recorded on May 21, 1959. Originally released on Stereophonic (13006). Includes liner notes by H. Alan Stein.
* By its very nature, the slide trombone is difficult instrument to play, and it takes great technical facility to master this horn. Curtis Fuller, one of the few great jazz trombonists, earned his reputation by being able to belt out fast bebop lines almost as readily as a saxophonist, in a clean, expressive tone. Conversely, Fuller can play in a melodic and understated way too, making him a well-rounded soloist.
A testament to these skills, Fuller's 1959 release BLUES-ETTE is light on its feet. In fact, each exciting-yet-delicate song serves as a wonderful springboard for lively solos by Fuller, tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, and pianist Tommy Flanagan. The jaunty "Five Spot After Dark" and the gently swinging "Love Your Spell Is Everywhere" are the highlights. In addition to offering up nimble horn and piano solos, the record is enhanced by the buoyant drumming of Al Harewood and the subtle work of bassist Jimmy Garrison. Indeed, BLUES-ETTE is fluid and graceful throughout.
01 Five Spot After Dark
04 Minor Vamp
05 Love Your Spell Is Everywhere
07 Blues-Ette [Alternate Take](Bonus Track)
08 Five Spot After Dark [Alternate Take](Bonus Track)