- see also Al-Fatiha
The Opener is an album by American trombonist Curtis Fuller recorded in 1957 and released on the Blue Note label as BLP 1567.
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".
- All compositions by Curtis Fuller except as indicated
- "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh) - 6:52
- "Hugore" - 6:43
- "Oscalypso" (Oscar Pettiford) - 5:40
- "Here's to My Lady" (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer) - 6:43
- "Lizzy's Bounce" - 5:25
- "Soon" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 5:33