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This is Fuller's third album as a leader and for those who have listen to her first two, you'll get something different and hear a new lineup. On her two previous albums, she shared the front line with trumpet, which was more a `standard' jazz presentation. Here, she brings in electric bassist extraordinaire, John Patitucci on piccolo bass. For the uninitiated, the piccolo bass can easily be mistaken for guitar. By bringing in electric bass to compliment the usual jazz ensemble, we get a melodic AND harmonic sound. Patitucci is a virtuoso, and has made his home both in fusion and jazz and has lent his creativity to pop stars as a session man as well, having backed Carly Simon, Was Not Was, Bon Jovi, and even B.B. King. It's really an interesting sound as you still have Mimi Jones on the acoustic bass (and Patitucci on acoustic on one track). This approach can be heard to great effect on the opening track, "Royston Rumble" where he plays both melody and bass lines.
By the way, before you go looking for Royston on the map, you're looking in the wrong place. Fuller's sister Shamie Royston, and her brother-in-law Rudy Royston are the tunes inspiration. They fill the piano and drum chairs on the album. Fuller calls the opening part of the song a "beautiful duel."
On Angelic Warrior, Fuller makes an aesthetic statement that's fully her own. The album celebrates the peaceful demeanor of the 'angel' and the drive and determination of the 'warrior' spirit within.Read more ›
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Fantastic saxophone player, attractive as well. I saw her at Dizzy's, good performer. Sis was extrodinary on the keys. Good album.Published 1 month ago by Dabum
the style the best of what she has done in the pass this is truely a treat for the true jazz loverPublished on April 6, 2013 by James E. Joyce
I'm glad I bought it just for the one or 2 tunes I really like. It is worth the listen.Published on January 2, 2013 by James Seaver Fleming