Saturday, September 24, 2016

Buddy Collette - Soft Touch

An important force in the Los Angeles jazz community, Buddy Collette was an early pioneer at playing jazz on the flute. Collette started on piano as a child and then gradually learned all of the woodwinds. He played with Les Hite in 1942 ; led a dance band while in the Navy during World War II ; and then freelanced in the L.A. area with such bands as the Stars of Swing (1946), Edgar Hayes, Louis Jordan, Benny Carter, and Gerald Wilson (1949-1950). An early teacher of Charles Mingus, Collette became the first black musician to get a permanent spot in a West Coast studio band (1951-1955). He gained his greatest recognition as an important member of the Chico Hamilton Quintet (1955-1956), and he recorded several albums as a leader in the mid- to late '50s for Contemporary. Otherwise, he mostly stuck to the L.A. area, freelancing, working in the studios, playing in clubs, teaching, and inspiring younger musicians.
Although a fine tenor player and a good clarinetist, Collette's most distinctive voice is on flute; he recorded an album with one of his former students, the great James Newton (1989). In addition, Collette participated in a reunion of the Chico Hamilton Quintet, and recorded a two-disc "talking record" for the Issues label in 1994, in which he discussed some of what he had seen and experienced through the years. 
Scott Yanow

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Buddy Collette
Soft Touch


1 Soft Touch (Collette)  3:42
2 Orlando Blues (Collette)  5:18
3 It's You (Collette)  5:05
4 My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart)  4:51
5 The Cute Monster (Collette)  4:48
6 Walkin' Willie (Middlebrooks)  2:58
7 Changes (Collette)  4:36
8 Blue Sands (Collette)  8:43
9 Soft Touch [alt. take] (Collette)  3:30
10 Moonlight in Vermont (Sueddedorf, Blackburn)  3:58
11 It's You (Collette)  2:36
12 Soft Touch (Collette)  2:59


[# 1-9]
Gerald Wilson - tp
Buddy Collette - as, ets, cl & fl
Al Viola - g
Wilfred Middlebrooks - b
Earl Palmer - dr
Recorded at Master Recorders in Hollywood ; February 17, 1958.
[# 10-12]
Same as above
Recorded at the "Stars of Jazz" TV Show in Hollywood ; July 7, 1958.


jazzlover said...

Great Buddy Collette, beautiful post Melanchthon.Thank's for share

Jan Vronský said...

Buddy Collette is nice, thank you.

jose arboleda said...

MuchAS Gracias.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx as always melanchthon

deGallo said...

Wonderful album! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much!

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