Decisive Steps

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Artwork| Tracklist | Credits

Maurice Chestnut – Tap Dancer (6)

Tia Fuller – Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute

Sean Jones – Trumpet (2,3,5), Flugelhorn (9)

Christian McBride – Electric Bass (3), Acoustic Bass (4,7)

Shamie Royston – Piano, Fender Rhodes

Miriam Sullivan – Acoustic Bass

Kim Thompson – Drums

Warren Wolf – Vibraphone (4,7,8)

Tia Fuller

Decisive Steps

Swing is the musical manifestation of forward motion. To achieve one’s goals, one must take giant steps. Today’s modern musicians at the change of the 21st century are moving miles ahead, advancing the jazz continuum, while remaining open and engaged in other musical inventions and dimensions. The astonishingly gifted, Colorado-born, alto / soprano saxophonist / flautist Tia Fuller is such an artist.

While the phrase “diamond in the rough” often describes burgeoning talents brimming with potential, Fuller has exhibited impending greatness since emerging on the international jazz scene more than a decade ago. Now, her artistic capacity has blossomed tremendously, resulting in her fourth Mack Avenue Records release – the aptly titled Diamond Cut, her first album as leader since 2012’s Angelic Warrior. In those six years, she’s transitioned from being a member of Beyoncé’s touring band to becoming a full-time professor at Berklee College of Music, while still juggling a demanding career as a solo artist and touring with the likes of drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, bassist Esperanza Spalding, and Ralph Peterson Jr., among others.

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