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Healing Space

Tia FullerAudio CD
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Tia Fuller’s third release on Mack Avenue Records, Angelic Warrior, marks her deep-rooted evolution as an instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. After five years in Beyoncé’s band, the pop diva’s attention to detail in the studio rubbed off on Fuller. She has since developed a heightened focus in the editing, mixing and mastering ... Read more in Amazon's Tia Fuller Store

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  • Audio CD (February 20, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • ASIN: B000MGVBN2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Call her a wide-eyed optimist, perhaps, but saxophonist/flutist and composer Tia Fuller truly believes that music can indeed serve as the perfect elixir, hence the title of her Mack Avenue debut, Healing Space, the follow-up to her independently released CD, Pillar of Strength. Conceived during a time of personal turmoil and transition, the disc explores themes of transgression, reflection and deliverance with 10 original compositions, seven of which were penned by Fuller. "My prayer is that this album serves as a healing agent for others and for people to feel uplifted when listening to it. To not only aid in one's healing, but wholeness and restoration...inspiring one to relentlessly press toward a breakthrough into the next level," Fuller says.

An uplifting spirit ignites Healing Space from the get-go on "Breakthrough," a bristling post-Motown bop excursion that not only highlights Fuller's bold and sassy alto tone and serpentine-like improvisations but also her invigorating interaction with her band mates, especially trumpeter and label-mate Sean Jones, who has featured her on his three Mack Avenue discs, Roots, Gemini, and Eternal Journey. Her sanguinity sparkles on the following "Just a Journey," a billowing mid-tempo groove, written by her sister Shamie Fuller-Royston, that shows that Fuller is just as commanding on the soprano saxophone as she is on alto. Fuller pulls another gem from big sis' songbook with the R&B-laden ballad "Ebonics," a tune that would fit nicely on a sophisticated, yet young-minded jazz radio format geared towards jazz listeners of the hip-hop generation. Except for the gentle and evocative "The Olive Leaf and Dove," written by Shamie and her drummer husband Rudy Royston, the remaining compositions are originals.

A 30-year-old jazz musician releasing a sophomore date absent of any standards is a bold move. Citing Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis as significant compositional influences, Fuller excels at economizing - getting to the essence of her material then expressing it in an unmistakably lyrical and cogent manner. Just witness the poignant twin compositions - "Katrina's Prayer" and "Katrina's Lullaby" for evidence. The former proceeds like a gospel hymn as Fuller unravels a plaintive melody reminiscent of the kind heard in most black American churches; the latter exudes a tranquil quality as if she's trying to soothe the physical and emotional scars of Hurricane Katrina's victims. "I wanted to offer something," Fuller says after witnessing the horrors of the catastrophe. "After sending a $70 donation to Red Cross, I felt like it wasn't enough. At that time, I wanted to provide a comfort zone for victims, that were directly and indirectly affected by the hurricane."

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good . . . February 26, 2007
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. . . but it sounds like she's trying just a little bit too hard. First off, I think it's a mistake to make such a spiritually overwrought disc on one's first recognizable-label outing (she has a previously released self-produced disc, Pillar of Strength): it's almost as if you've got to earn the right to be exhortative a la labelmate Sean Jones, who waited until his third release, Roots, to go the Gospel/jazz route.

Second, it's admirable, in a way, to opt for an all-woman core band (Miki Hayama, piano; Miriam Sullivan, bass; and Kim Thompson, drums), but do these players represent the absolute top practitioners on their various instruments? Which is not to say that Fuller's bandmates particularly lack anything; it's just that the choice of three "side-women" seems more politically than musically motivated. And it must be said that when labelmates Ron Blake and Sean Jones appear, they tend to dominate the proceedings. A sexist observation? Perhaps so, but I'm just trying to call it like it is.

Third, I think she should ditch the soprano saxophone. She has such a distinct and formidable alto concept with apposite chops, that whenever she chooses soprano, it seems like a huge mistake: she just doesn't have either the concept or technique to wrest the needed orientation and tone from that awkward instrument. (A side note: I chided her in an earlier review for her alto playing on Sean Jones's Roots, but it turns out that she was playing soprano on the numbers I didn't like, although she wasn't credited on that disc as playing that horn.)

All that said, this is quite a fine outing, one that deserves at least ****1/2 stars, and has many pleasures and a good deal of absolutely fine playing: You certainly would acquire a fine disc if you picked this recording up. This is a jazzer to watch closely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Stars May 29, 2012
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6 Stars.....'nuff said.

You will not find a better recent recording from a younger artist. It is awful that you NEVER hear music like this on the radio anywhere in the Los Angeles area. All of the musicians here are 'top notch'. Maybe *******7 stars....
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5.0 out of 5 stars great June 21, 2013
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this young lady has a flare for music. I would encourage buying all her albums. The music is crisp and on time
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This is a good album. Tia was much younger then and it shows that she has room to grow but this is still a good album. The sound of the band is pretty coherent but the vocals hurt the album and take away from otherwise good performances by the band. Otherwise, this is a very good debut album and it carries the promise of bringing young blood, energy and perspective to the jazz sound. Tia Fuller brings a fresh voice to a jazz world that needs it.
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To paraphrase Branford Marsalis, there are some good days and nights, when the notes are right and the music comes together. On this recording, we get all those elements. Good compositons, and good chemistry between the band members, and the album also features some high level improvisation, with the leader's beautiful alto and soprano tones.

To continue with Branford Marsalis, the Great days and nights have all the elements of the good. and then there is something else in the music. Something intangible, that takes the music to a higher level. I did not get that feeling with this recording. My theory is that this intangible "something" is gained by the improved chemistry of any group that have playing together for a while to really understand each other's tendencies and instincts. I did not get that vibe with this group, and an example of is on the Blue Room in Mama's Womb track. It seemed like the other rhythm section's energy was much lower than the leader's, or the leader was trying too hard. But, I know that if this group stays together long enough, there will be some Great recording coming out of their arsenal.

I also am particular on the final mixdown. There was a track where the drummer was going nuts on a solo ( A reason, a Season, a lifetime), and I didn't quite realized this until I increased the volume. It did take away from that track for me.

So this recording gets 3 1/2 to 4 stars, because of the reasons stated above. But, do not let my opinions stop you from getting this recording. It is a very good recording, and definitely a group to keep an ear out for.
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