Fuller Nelson

Fuller Nelson

by Steve NelsonSteve Nelson


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At this juncture of the vibraphonist's career, Steve Nelson is mostly known for his tenure with the Dave Holland Quintet and this mellow and conventional session might surprise many. It is, however, the logical follow-up to Full Nelson with which it shares the same mood and personnel. Pianist Kirk Lightsey and bassist Ray Drummond are exceptional musicians and, unfortunately, this rather lethargic session is not the best showcase for their respective talents. The musicians' lack of histrionics is such that repeated listening is necessary to find the few nuggets. The program mostly consists of standards and Nelson originals. The best tracks are, however, the two pieces contributed by Lightsey. "Heaven Dance" is arguably one of his best compositions and "Laila in Blues" benefits from a beautiful solo introduction by the leader. In contrast, Nelson's "Original #2," which runs under two minutes, would have deserved a fuller treatment. At the same time, the composition seems to have been added as an afterthought. Overall, the playing is fine and tasteful, but due to the slow pace and the musicians' subdued demeanor,the music does not spark enough interest.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2004
Label: Sunnyside
UPC: 0016728113427
catalogNumber: 1134
Rank: 66547

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Nelson   Primary Artist,Vibes
Ray Drummond   Bass,Drums,Guest Appearance
Kirk Lightsey   Piano,Guest Appearance
Steve Nelson Quartet   Vibes

Technical Credits

Bing Crosby   Composer
Kirk Lightsey   Composer
Lem Winchester   Composer
Steve Nelson   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
A.T. Michael MacDonald   Engineer
Russ Musto   Liner Notes
François Zalacain   Producer

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