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Curtis Fuller’s great “Imagination”

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Curtis Fuller had a great imagination with the choice name for this 1959 album and for the Dalish style he used for the cover art. Also true was his selection of fellow musicians to help make his imagination become a reality. You have Thad Jones on Trumpet, Benny Golson on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Dave Baily on drums. The only complaint I have with this album has nothing to do with the music itself but with the length, a couple more songs would have helped. Nevertheless, “Imagination” is a real classic!

About this album:

Recorded on December 17, 1959. Includes liner notes by Jack McKinney. Prior to the official formation of the Jazztet with trumpeter Art Farmer, trombonist Curtis Fuller and tenorman Benny Golson made several albums together, usually with other trumpeters. This somewhat rare date has trumpeter Thad Jones, bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Dave Bailey, and, most significantly, pianist McCoy Tyner in his recording debut completing the sextet……Read More

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