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FULLER, Curtis

(b 15 Dec. '34, Detroit) Trombone. Studied music in high school, played in US Army band with Cannonball Adderley and Junior Mance; gigged in Detroit with Kenny Burrell and others; to NYC '57 and has been leading modern jazz trombonist ever since, infl. by J. J. Johnson. With Benny Golson's Jazztet (called the Curtis Fuller Jazztet with Golson on Savoy CD), in and out of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, to Europe with Dizzy Gillespie big band '68, with Jimmy Heath (Love And Understanding on Muse), Count Basie band '75, etc. Many LPs with Golson, Bud Powell, Sonny Clark, John Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones, Paul Quinichette, Art Farmer, Gil Evans, others. Own albums began with obscure Transition session in Chicago '55, then quintet/sextet LPs with all-star lineups: New Trombone, With Red Garland, With Hampton Hawes And French Horns (David Amram and Julius Watkins) on Prestige '57; The Opener, Bone And Bari (with Houston Tate on baritone), Curtis Fuller Vol. 3 on Blue Note '57; Sliding Easy on UA '59; Blues- ette, Arabia, Imagination, Images on Savoy '59--60 (a two-LP compilation was called All-Star Sextets; CD compilation Images); LPs on Warwick, Smash (Trip), Epic, '60--61; Soul Trombone and Jazz Clan '61 and Cabin In The Sky '62 with strings and French horns on Impulse; Crankin' and Smokin' on Mainstream '73--4; Four On The Outside on Timeless, Fire And Filigree on Bee Hive '78, With Roma Jazz on Timeless etc. The Complete Blue Note/UA Curtis Fuller Sessions '57--9 compiled on five-LP or three-CD Mosaic set '96.