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When I was about 5 years old, my father began to buy me CD's, which were still a bit new back in the early 90's, and the second CD he gave me was "Dinah: For Those in Love". He thought I would love Dinah's singing, but also Clark Terry was a very good family friend, and that made the recording even more precious. I became obsessed with that record. I only had a walkman, so we had to make a cassette so I could listen to it whenever I wanted. Pretty soon I learned every song and every solo. My father and Clark thought this was HILARIOUS and would make me sing bits of the record at parties. After all this, when I was about 8, I decided all I would listen to was Dinah. So everytime we went record shopping, that's all I bought and eventually I had most of her recordings. I spent most of my younger years with her, only listening to Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, etc etc, once I was a teenager. To this day Dinah remains my touchstone and my constant companion and inspiration. Doing this project was a great deal of fun, for that reason. I selected the tunes from among my favorite Dinah recordings, some were big radio hits and some were only big hits to me."
The new album features bassist David Williams, drummer Lewis Nash and, on flugelhorn and trumpet, her father Stephen Fulton. If you've not heard the music of Dinah Washington or only know her from her 1959 mega-hit "What a Difference A Day Makes", this recording will be a real treat. That song is here but with a subtle Latin rhythm and no big string orchestra. You'll hear the influence of the vocalist on Ms. Fulton and that's fine - Ms. Holiday and Ms. Vaughan can be heard but this is no imitation. And, this recording also has quite a fine piano solo. Dad turns up on "Ain't Misbehavin'", his muted trumpet work playing some fine blues lines. On "A Bad case of the Blues", the elder Fulton channels Louis Armstrong (at times) but stays in the horn's middle register. There's a great blues piano solo on "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" with Ms. Fulton ranging up an down the keys but always in her blues mode. Williams' thick tone on bass and Nash's splendid cymbal work also stand out. The program closes with "Midnight Stroll"; just piano on this reflective walk, the strong left hand keeping the bottom covered while the right hand tells the "story", telling the "truth" of why she's strolling alone.
Champian Fulton and band - Dad on flugelhorn Adi Meyerson on bass, and Ben Zweig on drums - will be this Friday February 19 at 9 p.m. in the 9th Note, now located at 15 Band Street in Stamford. The venue moved from its original home in New Haven some months ago and has been great entertainment 4 - 5 times a week. To reserve tickets and get directions, call 203-504-8828 or go to www.the9thnote.com. To find out more about Ms. Fulton, go to www.champian.net.
Here, give a listen:
including Ben van Gelder (alto sax), Vitor Gonçalves (piano/accordion) and Rick Rosato (bass). Joining them on drums will be Mark Ferber, one of the finer drummers on the NYC scene.
I have yet to hear the recording but below is a video of the title song which will give you an idea of the musical and emotional qualities in the guitarist's compositions. To find out more about his life and work, go to www.syberenvanmunster.com. For ticket information, call the club at 203-504-8828.
He and the Drummonds will hit the first notes at 8:30 p.m. For more information and ticket reservations, call 860-434-0886.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the Trio will begin at 8:30. For more information, go to thesidedoorjazz.com or call the number above. To find out more about the bassist, go to www.benwolfe.com.
Here are Messrs. Wolfe, Edwards, and Evans playing the blues from Orrin Evans' "Flip The Script" CD on PosiTone Records: