Released On: Mar 16, 2010
Released By: Mack Avenue Records
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."
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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.
Fuller's sound is soaring, supple and in-the-pocket from years of channeling her horn heroes: Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, and recently, Earl Bostic, "one of the saxophone legends that mastered the art of playing in the R&B world, the pop world and the jazz world...ultimately speaking the language and dialect of each genre."
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5/10 - New York, NY, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola @ Lincoln Center (CD Release Party)
5/15 - Purchase, NY, Jazz Elite at Purchase College
5/19 - New York, NY, Convention: hosted by Magic Johnson (playing: America The Beautiful)
6/4 - Oklahoma City, OK, Jazz Festival (fea. Straight Ahead)
6/5 - Harlem, NY, Londel's Restaurant (w/Brandon Sanders Trio)
6/12 - Harrisburg, PA, PA Jazz Festival
6/14 - New York, NY, 2010 Jazz Journalists Awards at City Winery
6/19 - Seaport, CT, Jazz Festival (w/ Wycliffe Gordon Quintet)
9/1-9/4 - Grosse Pointe, MI, Dirty Dog Jazz Café
9/12 - Somerville, NJ, Somerville Jazz Festival
Look for Tia on the cover of JazzTimes' June issue!
"Fuller's chops are no joke...an inspired set that traces a lineage through blues, gospel and soul...a hot-blooded extroverted brand of playing that is sure to dazzle you." — Sounds Of Timeless Jazz
"This is a very well-conceived and consistently good album." — All Music Guide
"Excelling in all the reeds... her solos throughout are gems of improvisation. Decisive Steps takes an important stride on Fuller's path for recognition." — All About Jazz
"Beyonce's saxophonist Tia Fuller has come up with a tremendously satisfying jazz album in her off-time. Decisive Steps is a record full of nuance, and the influences in her playing are rich.... It is a fittingly confident showpiece." — BlogCritics.com
"Fuller's jazz creditability is top notch...engaging, entertaining and consistently creative material. Fuller asserts she wanted to make uplifting music that interconnects people, spirituality and several genres. With Decisive Steps she has fulfilled her mission." — Audiophile Audition