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Published on Feb 4, 2015
Blue Note 45-1690-A. Never been a bad version of this Oscar Pettiford composition, but this 1957 reading by the young Curtis Fuller is especially striking. Like the other recordings of "Oscalypso" (including dates by Art Blakey, Yusef Lateef and two separate Pettiford sessions), it’s more bop with an exotic Latin tinge than it is calypso, with a dark, pulsating intensity that's comparable to Clark Terry's similar "Swahili." One of Fuller's earliest recordings as a leader, and one of my favorites by the trombonist as well, the session also features Hank Mobley on saxophone, Bobby Timmons on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums. For more exotica gems, see the Exotica Project, One Hundred Dreamland 45s: http://exoticaproject.com/