Larry Fuller: Larry Fuller

Here’s a winning trio disc from pianist Larry Fuller along with Hassan Shakur/b and Greg Hutchinson/dr. Nothing fancy or gimmicky; he’s got a nice touch that is able to drive like a pack of Alaskan Huskies on boppers like “Daahoud” and “Celia” and get earth on “C Jam Blues.” His buoyancy on the ivories is infectious during pieces such as “At Long Last Love” where each touch sounds like a cheerful sonnet, while the more thoughtful tunes along the lines of “Close Enough For Love” come off like an aria. A smart call was a warm reading of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” and the blues comes out of his fingertips along with the empathetic teammates on a bluesy “Django.” A blue plate special!

Capri Records

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