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Charles Tolliver

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: March 6, 1942    

Charles Tolliver

On his Blue Note Records debut, With Love, Charles Tolliver presents his extraordinary big band charts and sui generis trumpet playing for the first time on a major U.S. label.

For the occasion, Tolliver recruited a pan-generational lineup of home-run hitter soloists including pianists Stanley Cowell and Robert Glasper, saxophonists Billy Harper, Craig Handy, and Howard Johnson, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, and a cohort of A-list section men, Cecil McBee and Victor Lewis, all of whom draw on all their resources to articulate Tolliver's vision with a bravura performance.

After hearing a reunion of the Tolliver-Cowell quartet in 2002, the trumpeter David Weiss decided to approach Tolliver about resurrecting his acclaimed big band. A fan of Tolliver's '70s big band records Music, Inc. And Big Band and Impact, both on Strata-East (an independent label founded by Tolliver and Cowell in 1970), Weiss provided the spark that brought the band back to life....
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  • Emperor March: Live at the Blue Note

    Half Note Records
    2009
  • Music Inc.

    Strata East
    2008
  • With Love

    Blue Note Records
    2007
  • With Love

    Blue Note Records
    2006
  • Mosaic Select

    Mosaic Records
    2006
  • Impact

    P.S.F. Records
    2006
  • Mosaic Select: Charles Tolliver

    Mosaic Records
    2005
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