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The Breeze And I by Champian Fulton

New York-based pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton has released her third CD, The Breeze and I, a 13-song collection of lesser-known standards.

A bit of a traditionalist, Fulton is a singer with a breezy voice and a gentle swing that’s well suited for the material found on the new album. The Breeze and I also showcases her skillful piano playing.

Only 24, Fulton already has a long history with jazz. The Oklahoma native was influenced at an early age by her jazz trumpeter father, Stephen, and as a young girl, she studied piano. The family moved to LeMars, Iowa, in 1994, where her father became the director of the Clark Terry Institute for Jazz Studies. It was here that the young Fulton formed her first band, the Little Jazz Quintet, made of up members under the age of 10 except for the elder trumpeter, who was 12.

Fulton has been part of the New York City jazz scene since 2003, performing in different venues. The latest CD features her trio, which includes Fukushi Tainaka on drums and Neal Miner on bass.

The album gets off to a swinging start with the opener "Exactly Like You," which captures Fulton’s easy vocals. That’s followed by "Day In, Day Out," which further showcases her singing as well as her piano playing.

The trio then mixes it up, delivering a pair of instrumentals, "Land¹s End" and "The Sheik of Araby."

Another highlight comes on the Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers song "I Can’t Face The Music." This time, Fulton slows the pace and finds the richer, blues tones of her voice, again with some nice piano work.

Overall, the album is a wide-ranging collection of songs that shows Fulton is someone to watch.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Champian Fulton
  • CD Title: The Breeze And I
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: Gut String Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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