Benny Golson

Killer Joe – Curtis Fuller’s solo

Hello again – here’s a short but oh-so-sweet solo by Curtis Fuller.  Proof that so much can be done with so little – just 16 bars, but so much style.  As a piano player, there’s a lot I never learned to properly notate, so my apologies on the lack of articulation markings.  But really, there’s so much in this solo that can’t be properly notated.  What really does it for me is the night and day contrast between the legato quarter note triplets and the detached eighth note lines.  When he hits the concert C in bar 10, it’s right out of the park!  And there’s a nice quote from “Old Devil Moon” in bars 12 and 13.  This solo’s got it all.  So, some background information.  The tune, “Killer Joe”,  is from the album Meet The Jazztet.  For those who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting the jazztet, they consist of Art Farmer (trp), Benny Golson (sax), Curtis Fuller (trb), McCoy Tyner (pno), Addison Farmer (bass), and Lex Humphries (drm).   Pretty serious group.  Anyway, enjoy!