The Opener

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see also Al-Fatiha
The Opener
The Opener.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedEnd of September 1957[1]
RecordedJune 16, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
LabelBlue Note
BLP 1567
ProducerAlfred Lion
Curtis Fuller chronology
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The Opener
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The Opener is an album by American trombonist Curtis Fuller recorded in 1957 and released on the Blue Note label as BLP 1567.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "The Opener is trombonist Curtis Fuller's first album for Blue Note and it is a thoroughly impressive affair".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Curtis Fuller except as indicated
  1. "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh) - 6:52
  2. "Hugore" - 6:43
  3. "Oscalypso" (Oscar Pettiford) - 5:40
  4. "Here's to My Lady" (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer) - 6:43
  5. "Lizzy's Bounce" - 5:25
  6. "Soon" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 5:33



  1. ^ Billboard Oct 7, 1957
  2. ^ Blue Note discography accessed October 22, 2010
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed October 22, 2010