Fan Dance

Sometimes it is so much fun just to be a fan. Last night (9-30-09) at Catalina’s, Bill Fulton’s Band just knocked every one of their previous outstanding performances….right out of my head! This band was absolutely outstanding. With Bill at the keyboards; Adam Cohen on Bass, Andrew Synowiec – guitar and David Derge on drums…pushed the horns to their maximum. Larry Williams (trumpet), Andrew Lippman (trombone), Glenn Morrissette (Alto), and Rick Keller (Tenor) took spectacular solos. Whew!!
“Shizzle Dizzle” sizzled! “Straight No Chaser” was a favorite…provocative and very entertaining.
“ ’Round Midnight”, the classic Monk tune doesn’t hold a candle to Bill’s “About 12 AM”, the title tune on his new CD. This outstanding arrangement is in its own time and place.
Bill’s compositions and arrangements can be filled with joy and sensuality or be sonically adventurous.
Bill Fulton could be called the “Gary Cooper of Jazz”. I knew the real “Coop” and he did indeed sizzle inside. Bill is certainly soft-spoken but he becomes a wild man in his music. This is one passionate man! I am glad to know both sides. He is such a delight.

By the way…Bill should be commended for saving the life of a malnourished kitty he found in his garage. He nursed “Cookie” back to good health, had her spayed and she is about to be adopted. He has a big and beautiful heart! His own two cats, “Fig” and “Newton”, are lucky to live with Bill.

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