Court – Curtis Fuller
This minor swing is as regal as the name suggests with a richly lyrical melody. Curtis Fuller's trombone solo transcription also available.
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- Recording: Curtis Fuller - Boss Of The Soul-Stream Trombone
- Recorded on: December, 1960
- Label: Warwick (W 2038)
- Concert Key: F minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trombone - Curtis Fuller
- Trumpet - Freddie Hubbard
- Tenor Sax - Yusef Lateef
- Piano - Walter Bishop, Jr.
- Bass - Buddy Catlett
- Drums - Stu Martin
Hubbard and Lateef solo on this track, but Curtis plays the melody by himself.
Don Sickler says, "Curtis came up with this treatment of the melody for the recording date in 1960. Actually, he originally wrote it as a ballad. I didn't know this myself, until a vocalist (Fleurine) told me she wanted to write some lyrics to it after listening to Curtis's recording. She said she heard the melody as a ballad. This really took me by surprise, so I told her I would have to ask Curtis before she could start working on a ballad lyric. When I talked to Curtis, we were both blown away. Curtis, because he first wrote it as a ballad, and me, because I love his medium up tempo recording so much and never thought of it as a ballad.
"Fleurine wrote her lyric, Curtis loved it, she recorded it, and the ballad One Dream Gone was born."
The lyric version of The Court, One Dream Gone can be found in our Sing JAZZ! songbook, a collection of stunning, lesser-known vocal selections from the Second Floor Music repertoire (Sing JAZZ! contents). Hear it on iTunes.
born on December 15, 1934
After J.J. Johnson, Curtis Fuller is likely the most influential modern jazz trombonist. Born in Detroit and raised in an orphanage, he was a relatively late starter: he did not take up the trombone until age 16. But it was not long until he was cutting his teeth with saxophonists in the area like Pepper Adams and Yusef Lateef and guitarist Kenny Burrell, eventually building up his skills enough to move to New York in 1957. Curtis' first recording session, however, was in the previous year, with Pepper and also Detroit's Paul Chambers. This was also Curtis' first session with John Coltrane and Philly Joe Jones (check out High Step). Read more...