Alto/soprano saxophonist/flautist Tia Fuller's newest Mack Avenue release, Decisive Steps, is a sumptuous CD of ten tracks that illustrate her artistic fearlessness. A member of Beyoncé's band for four years, Fuller's agile, buoyant and elegant full-bodied sax lines effortlessly improvise a number of moods and grooves, as evidenced by the take-no-prisoners tempo of the title track. The album also contains her ingenious reworking of two well-worn standards: "I Can't Get Started" and "My Shining Hour."
Decisive Steps features Tia's Beyoncé bandmate, drummer Kim Thompson; bassist Miriam Sullivan; Fuller's sister, Shamie Royston on piano and Fender Rhodes; with special guests, trumpeter Sean Jones and bassist Christian McBride (both Mack Avenue label mates); vibraphonist Warren Wolf; and tap dancer Maurice Chestnut.
Tia Fuller - "Decisive Steps" [MP3]
Tia Fuller's NYC CD release party is May 10th at the famous Dizzy's Club Coca Cola.
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