An Original Westcoaster
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Personnel: Buddy Collette (fl, cl, as, ts), Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts (g), Gerry Wiggins, Ernie Freeman, Don Friedman, Calvin Jackson (p), Gene Wright, Joe Comfort, John Goodman, Leroy Vinnegar (b), Bill Richmond, Larry Bunker, Joe Peters, Shelly Manne (d)
This CD is the product of five recording sessions that took place in late 1956 and early 1957, in which Buddy Collette, a seminal and original westcoaster, used five excellent rhythm sections. With his command of alto, tenor, clarinet and flute, he proved to be a musician of rare calibre, technically gifted, with flawless playing distinguished by fine tonal quality on each instrument.
Disciplined without being rigid, and full of imagination, he had a natural, flowing conception that never sounds contrived. And he was helped by having some of the best West Coast rhythm sections of the time on hand to make these recordings an ideal combination of gentleness and strength.
01. Makin’ Whoopee
02. Jazz City Blues
03. Sunset Drive
05. St. Andrew’s Place
06. Jungle Pipe
07. Cheryl Anne
09. A Nice Day
10. Over The Rainbow
11. Buddy Boo
12. There Will Never Be Another You
13. Moten Swing
14. Fall Winds
15. Blues For Howard
16. You Better Go Now
17. Tasty Dish
18. I Still Love You
19. Mrs. Potts
Tracks #1-8 from "Man of Many Parts"
(Contemporary C 3522)
Tracks #9-15 from "Nice Day with Buddy Collette"
(Contemporary C 3531)
Tracks #16-19 from "Everybody's Buddy"
Personnel on #1-4: Buddy Collette (fl, as & ts), Gerald Wiggins (p), Eugene Wright (b) and Bill Richmond (d). Recorded at Contemporary Studios, Hollywood, on February 24, 1956.
Personnel on #5-8: Buddy Collette (fl, cl, as & ts), Ernie Freeman (p), Barney Kessel (g), Joe Comfort (b) and Larry Bunker (d). Recorded at Contemporary Studios, Hollywood, on April 17, 1956.
Personnel on #9-10: Buddy Collette (fl & cl), Don Friedman (p), John Goodman (b) and Joe Peters (d). Recorded at Contemporary Studios, Hollywood, on November 6, 1956.
Personnel on #11-15: Buddy Collette (fl, cl, as & ts), Calvin Jackson (p), Leroy Vinnegar (b) and Shelly Manne (d). Recorded at Contemporary Studios, Hollywood, on February 18, 1957.
Personnel on #16-19: Buddy Collette (fl, cl, as & ts), Gerald Wiggins (p), Howard Roberts (g), Eugene Wright (b) and Bill Richmond (d). Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on May 13, 1957.
-Man of Many Parts
"This CD reissue of a Contemporary session shows off the many parts of multi-reedist Buddy Collette. Collette is showcased on tenor, alto, clarinet, and his strongest ax, flute [...] The cool jazz set (which sometimes uses advanced harmonies) also features among the sidemen trumpeter Gerald Wilson, guitarist Barney Kessel, and pianist Gerald Wiggins, ranking with Buddy Collette's best work of the 1950s."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide