Reviews

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JazzTimes, November 2014
“Whether playing rapid-fire, intricate passages or subtly interpreting a tender ballad, Fuller is always totally in command and engaging.”

Jazz Weekly, November 2014
“Here’s a winning trio disc from pianist Larry Fuller along with Hassan Shakur/b and Greg Hutchinson/dr…he’s got a nice touch that is able to drive like a pack of Alaskan Huskies on boppers like “Daahoud” and “Celia” and get earthy on “C Jam Blues.” His buoyancy on the ivories is infectious during pieces such as “At Long Last Love” where each touch sounds like a cheerful sonnet, while the more thoughtful tunes along the lines of “Close Enough For Love” come off like an aria. A smart call was a warm reading of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” and the blues comes out of his fingertips along with the empathetic teammates on a bluesy “Django.” A blue plate special!”

NBC San Diego, October 2014 (on Larry Fuller Trio’s October performance in San Diego)
“Years of experience in the bebop ethos (the 49-year-old Fuller was the last pianist in bass-legend Ray Brown’s band) and a repertoire heavy on standards and jazz classics led to a night of heavy, ebullient swing.”

All About Jazz, August 2014
“Ray Brown may be gone, but the legacy of his trio is safe in the hands of people like Larry Fuller.”

Audiophile Audition, August 2014
“His effortless command of swing and stride piano stylings on his latest CD is striking.”

Post-Gazette, From Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, January 2013
“Mr. Fuller…generates his own incandescence with riveting solos that summarize the history of jazz piano, from Count Basie and Fats Waller to George Shearing, Erroll Garner, Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson.”

Pioneer Press Twin Cities, December 2012
“Fuller is the [John Pizzarelli] quartet’s “secret weapon,” the masterful pianist was formerly part of the great bassist Ray Brown’s fabled trio.”

RVA News, Richmond Jazz Festival Review, 2012
“Pianist Larry Fuller put serious muscle into the keys, with a vocabulary gleaned from one of the most iconic jazz pianists of all time, the legendary Oscar Peterson. Fuller, having apprenticed under bassist Ray Brown for years, has an immediate connection to that hard driving, swinging piano tradition Peterson created. Brown was Peterson’s longest-running collaborator in the pianist’s trio. In Fuller, one can hear that tradition reverently on display, and the feeling left me (a fellow piano player) mesmerized.”

International Review of Music, on the “Rockin in Rhythm” album, 2010
“…and pianist Larry Fuller’s brilliant work throughout – especially the buoyant stride solo on “Rockin’ In Rhythm” that nearly steals the record.”

New York Times 2010, Stephen Holden
“A word about Mr. Fuller: In his amazing gossamer piano solos, he sprinkles stardust on whatever song he plays; you hold your breath in wonder.”

New York Times, 2009, Stephen Holden
“Larry Fuller, the quartet’s pianist, merits special attention. If you closed your eyes and concentrated on piano solos that flowed as lightly and sweetly as a mountain brook, you could swear he was channeling the musical spirit of one of Billie Holiday’s greatest accompanists, Teddy Wilson.”

from The Regina Leader-Post:
Those Unsung Artists

Larry Fuller: Please forgive the piano tangent, but you have to hear this man play. Fuller is a member of the John Pizzarelli Quartet. Pizzarelli is well-known, but the same does not apply to his pianist. With any justice, that will soon change. Fuller’s two-handed runs are awe-inspiring.



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