Curtis Fuller - Judyful (1960)
Rainy Fridays call for underappreciated obscurities.
Curtis Fuller is joined on the front line by Yusef Lateef’s husky tenor sax and the forgotten Wilbur Harden on trumpet. Harden is a sad story. Having appeared on a number of sides as a leader for Savoy in the late 50s, as well as a sideman with Coltrane and Lateef, he fell terribly ill in 1958, spending, as Wikipedia states, “four whole years under medical care. His last recording session took place in 1960 with Curtis Fuller’s group, following a brief release from the hospital.”
This is that recording. McCoy Tyner’s eerie chord voicings underpin this exceptional cut alongside bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Bobby Donaldson.