The astonishingly gifted, alto/soprano saxophonist/flautist Tia Fuller is at home at all points of the “musicverse” – from her show-stopping solos as a member of superstar Beyoncé’s all-female band, to her scintillatingly swinging jazz shows and recordings. Her newest Mack Avenue release, Decisive Steps, is the long-awaited follow-up to her 2007 label debut, Healing Space. It features her Beyoncé bandmate, drummer Kim Thompson; bassist Miriam Sullivan; Fuller’s sister, Shamie Royston on piano and Fender Rhodes; with special guests, trumpeter Sean Jones and bassist Christian McBride (both Mack Avenue label mates); vibraphonist Warren Wolf; and tap dancer Maurice Chestnut. On Decisive Steps, Fuller’s sound is soaring, supple and in-the-pocket from years of channeling her horn heroes such as Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, and Earl Bostic.
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