Curtis Fuller in Zürich (2013)

Oh, how I love to get some authentic live hard bop! Even better if this happens on a tuesday, the day of the week on which I spent almost twelve hours in the office usually coming home tired and beaten. But last tuesday was different, as Jazzclub Moods, which is just around the corner from my office, presented a concert with legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller (born 1934) and his sextet. Fuller is of course mostly known for his work on several sessions with John Coltrane (e.g. “Blue Train”) and for his work in the Curtis Fuller / Benny Golson Jazztet. I think that Fullers 1950s and early 1960 sessions for Blue Note and Savoy belong to the best hard bop sessions of their time.

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Curtis Fuller at Jazzclub “Moods”, Zürich, Switzerland, February 12, 2013.
©Armin Büttner (click to enlarge)

Besides Fuller the band consisted of young(er) men. The other horns were german tenor saxophonist Ralph Reichert and trumpeter Joshua Bruneau from Vermont.

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Curtis Fuller, Joshua Bruneau, Ralph Reichert at
Jazzclub “Moods”, Zürich, Switzerland, February 12, 2013.
©Armin Büttner (click to enlarge)

Drummer Joris Dudli comes from Switzerland.

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Joris Dudli at Jazzclub “Moods”, Zürich, Switzerland, February 12, 2013.
©Armin Büttner (click to enlarge)

Joshua Bruneau incorporates elements from all the legendary hard bop trumpeters in his playing, some Lee Morgan, some Hubbard, some Byrd. But he is no copycat and plays beautiful at all tempos. I was especially touched by his solo on “Blame It On My Youth” which was part of a ballad medley done by the band without Fuller.

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Joshua Bruneau and Ralph Reichert at Jazzclub “Moods”,
Zürich, Switzerland, February 12, 2013.
©Armin Büttner (click to enlarge)

Ralph Reichert is very much influenced by John Coltrane, so his incorporation is very logical. He really shined on “It’s Easy To Remember”, which was his part of the ballad medley.

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Ralph Reichert at Jazzclub “Moods”,
Zürich, Switzerland, February 12, 2013.
©Armin Büttner (click to enlarge)

At 78 Curtis Fuller naturally does not have the strength and stamina he had in his younger days, but he does not have too. What he may have lost in agility and speed he makes up in beauty. Ballad are his forte nowadays, but of course he always did them beautifully.

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Curtis Fuller at Jazzclub “Moods”, Zürich, Switzerland, February 12, 2013.
©Armin Büttner (click to enlarge)

Of course the evening’s program contained a lot of classic hard bop. Amongst other things the band played “Arabia” from the 1959 Savoy LP “Curtis Fuller Jazztet with Benny Golson” (MG 12143).

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I had taken this exact record with me, in the hope that Mr. Fuller maybe would sign it for me. And he was so nice as to do so when I approached him at the bar just before the concert started:

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The first set’s closer was Kenny Dorham’s composition “Minor’s Holiday”. I filmed this performance, but it’s a very shaky video, since I did it with a DSLR camera with a heavy fixed focus tele lens without zooming capacities. I hope you can enjoy it anyway:

Another photo of Fuller in action:

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Curtis Fuller, Joshua Bruneau, Ralph Reichert at
Jazzclub “Moods”, Zürich, Switzerland, February 12, 2013.
©Armin Büttner (click to enlarge)

Unfortunately I missed making a good photo of very fine pianist Rob Bagard, so this one will have to do:

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Rob Bargad and Curtis Fuller  at  Jazzclub “Moods”,
Zürich, Switzerland, February 12, 2013.
©Armin Büttner (click to enlarge)

Fuller’s Sextet is a truly international band. While pianist Bargad is from Boston, bassist Milan Nikolic comes from Serbia.

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Milan Nikolic at Jazzclub “Moods”, Zürich, Switzerland, February 12, 2013.
©Armin Büttner (click to enlarge)

It was a really nice evening of fine, beautiful (and tasty) music.


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Milan Nikolic, Curtis Fuller, Joshua Bruneau
at Jazzclub “Moods”, Zürich, Switzerland, February 12, 2013.
©Armin Büttner (click to enlarge)

Enjoy!

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