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Champian Fulton & Cory Weeds: Dream a Little… (CellarLive)

Perfection is overrated in music. Too many jazz artists are releasing albums that feel worked over in post-production to the point that all possibility of a mistake, which is to say life, has been carefully planed away. There’s nothing sloppy or slipshod about New York City vocalist/pianist Champian Fulton and tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds’ live … Read More “Champian Fulton & Cory Weeds: Dream a Little… (CellarLive)”

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Champian Fulton & Scott Hamilton: The Things We Did Last Summer (Blau)

Vocalist-pianist Champian Fulton knows from legendary horn players. Before her first birthday she was introduced to Clark Terry. She cut her jazz teeth in and around the Terry-named International Institute of Jazz Studies, run by her trumpeter father, Steve Fulton. And at age 10, the prodigy performed at Terry’s 75th birthday festivities. Later, she studied … Read More “Champian Fulton & Scott Hamilton: The Things We Did Last Summer (Blau)”

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Champian Fulton: Speechless (Posi-Tone)

Today’s young jazz musicians are often remarkably prolific. Champian Fulton is 31 and has now released eight albums. Speechless is an example of another current trend: the insistence of so many young players on recording their own material, sometimes exclusively. Both trends are understandable. They want to get their music out there and strut their … Read More “Champian Fulton: Speechless (Posi-Tone)”

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Champian Fulton: After Dark

The title is well chosen, as are the front- and back-cover images, both showcasing Champian Fulton draped in fur. The vocalist-pianist’s sixth album is late-night, smoky-boîte jazz of the highest caliber, its arrangements elegantly mink-wrapped. Featuring her regular trio-mates, bassist David Williams and drummer Lewis Nash, with another constant, her father Stephen, as producer and … Read More “Champian Fulton: After Dark”

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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 … Read More “Champian Fulton: Change Partners: Live at the Yardbird Suite”

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Champian Fulton: Champian Sings and Swings

She was tutored in jazz by Clark Terry while still a tyke and gained youthful appreciation of big bands from Red Holloway, Butch Miles and other Basie-ites. In other words, 27-year-old pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton was taught to swing by experts and, as demonstrated six years ago on her debut recording with David Berger’s … Read More “Champian Fulton: Champian Sings and Swings”

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