Personnel: Curtis Fuller (trombone); Sonny Red Kyner (alto saxophone); Hank Jones (piano); Doug Watkins (acoustic bass); Louis Hayes (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on May 11, 1957. Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
This 1957 album is trombonist Curtis Fuller's first as a bandleader. On this date, Fuller is surrounded by fellow expatriates from Detroit, Michigan. Around the time that this record was made, Fuller had just moved to Manhattan from Motor City, and once in New York, he looked up other musicians from his hometown. The result is a keenly like-minded ensemble, including little-known alto saxophonist Sonny Red Kyner and the legendary pianist Hank Jones.
On NEW TROMBONE, Fuller and company perform mostly original material, with the exception of Mercer and DePaul's "Namely You" and the Cole Porter standard "What Is This Thing Called Love?" Ironically, the beautiful ballad "Alicia," which is presented here only as a bonus track, is one of the album's finest selections; not only is it compositionally adroit, it is a great improvisational vehicle for both Fuller and Jones.
Other highlights include the angular "Vonce #5" and the up-tempo "Transportation Blues."