Calm, Cool and Collette
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Buddy Collette (fl, cl, as, ts), Dick Shreve (p), John Goodman, Eugene Wright (b), Bill Dolney, and Bill Richmond (d)
In the summer of 1956, Buddy Collette left Chico Hamilton’s successful quintet to begin his own career as a leader. His first quartet stayed together for three months. Then, along with John Goodman, still on bass, Buddy found in pianist Dick Shreve, and drummer Bill Dolney, his ideal rhythm section. With such an outstanding group, Collette, on alto, tenor, clarinet and flute, developed a concept full of beauty, taste and strength, played with warmth and great feeling.
Dick Shreve, too, proves in these sessions that he was not only a talented and underrated pianist in a gentle and reflective manner, but also a fine composer. On the last date of this set, Eugene Wright and Bill Richmond, replacing Goodman and Dolney, sustain the mood just as impressively.
01. Makin’ Whoopee
02. Fall Winds
03. Minor Deviation
04. Change It
05. I’ll Remember April
06. Winston Walks
07. If She Had Stayed
08. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
10. Flute In “D”
11. The Continental
12. Three And One
13. Night In Tunisia
14. Johnny Walks
16. Morning Jazz
17. Orlando Blues
18. Soft Touch
19. Old School
The complete Buddy Collete Quartet sessions, featuring pianist Dick Shreve has been taken from:
Tracks #1 & 2 from "Stars of Jazz" TV Show Tracks #3-5 from "Nice Day with Buddy Collette" (Contemporary C 3531)
Tracks #6-16 from "Calm, Cool and Collette" (ABC Paramount ABC 179)
Tracks #17-20 from "Everybody's Buddy" (Challenge CHL-603)
Personnel on #1-16: Buddy Collette (fl, cl, as, ts), Dick Shreve (p), John Goodman (b) and Bill Dolney (d). Recorded at ABC Studios, on November 19 & 29, 1956 [tracks 1-5] and on January 24, 1957 [tracks 6-16].
Personnel on #17-20: Buddy Collette (fl, cl, as, ts), Dick Shreve (p), Eugene Wright (b) and Bill Richmond (d). Recorded in Hollywood, on May 14, 1957.
-Nice Day with Buddy Collette
"A Nice Day is a nice recording for multireedist Buddy Collette who plays alto, clarinet, flute and tenor [...] The original runthroughs are excellent. Collette is the main voice throughout this set of lightly swinging music although he gets support from the fine rhythm sections (which include Dick Shreve on piano). Overall this set serves as a good all-around showcase for Buddy Collette's playing and writing talents.
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide