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Champian Fulton: Change Partners: Live at the Yardbird Suite

Savoring this tight, satisfying hour-long live session, it seems remarkable how briefly vocalist and pianist Champian Fulton had been acquainted with her accompanying trio. As Canadian saxophonist Cory Weeds explains in the liner notes, in 2013 he invited Fulton for a two-night appearance at his now-defunct Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver, where she was teamed with local players Jodi Proznick (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums) and Weeds himself on tenor. A year later, Fulton accepted a gig at Edmonton’s Yardbird Suite. When costs prohibited traveling with her regular U.S. quartet, she called Weeds and asked if her “Vancouver band” might be available. It was, and the results are sublime.

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