Saturday, November 5, 2016

Dick Collins - King Richard the Swing Hearted

The Collins family of Seattle, WA, apparently consisted of generation upon generation of — without exception — talented musicians. Trumpeter Dick Collins, credited from time to time as the less-casual Richard Collins, wound up playing on a wide range of jazz and pop recording sessions, but began his professional career as a mascot for the band of his father, pianist Fred Collins. Speaking of studying with talented fathers, the younger Collins also had the benefit of music lessons from the father of trumpeter Red Nichols, followed by several years of work in Paris with the brilliant French composer Darius Milhaud.
Collins began showing up in the company of famous jazz musicians in the late '40s. He worked with pianist Dave Brubeck and saxophonist Charlie Barnet and also found himself running with the herd of Woody Herman. November of 1956 marks a significant economic moment, namely his official induction into the Los Angeles musician's union. His freelancing on the L.A. studio scene began shortly thereafter, and like many of the top players in this type of work, he also became absorbed in the orchestra of Les Brown. Collins toured all over the world with Brown in the late '50s, but experienced one of the high points of his career artistically at home in the United States. That was the presentation of playwright Tennessee Williams' At Liberty at the Idyllwild Arts Festival in 1958, for which Collins scored music for both drama and dance. His music as a leader was documented on a pair of Victor albums, while the trumpeter has contributed to many other recordings, including Herman's The Herdsmen Play Paris, The Dave Brubeck Octet, and vibraphonist Cal Tjader's lively Tjader Plays Mambo.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/dick-collins-p8299/biography

Dick Collins 
Orchestra
King Richard the Swing Hearted

Tracks

1 The Winter of My Discontent (Wilder, Barenberg)  6:26
2 As Long as I Live (Arlen, koehler)  3:10
3 Hold Me, Hold Me, Hold Me (Green, Comden, Styne)  3:05
4 Northern Comfort (Cohn)  6:15
5 Strike Up the Band (Gershwin, Gershwin)  6:18
6 It's Love (Bernstein, Comden, Green)  4:10
7 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:53
8 Donna Mia (Pierce)  6:26

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Personnel
Dick Collins - tp
Al Porcino, Charlie Walp, John Howell - tp
Sonny Russo & Billy Byers - tb
Dick Meldonian - ts
Al Cohn, Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca - ts
Jack Nimitz - bs
Nat Pierce - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Red Kelly - b
Chuck Flores - dr

Recorded on November 27 & 28, 1954

27 comments:

johnp said...

Thanks for another of your wonderful contributions.

blbs said...

I saw it in JazzWax... New to me...
Thank you very much, Mel!

the jazzman said...

Thank you.

wil said...

interresting. Thanks for the post

Baron said...

Thanks from the Baron

Jaffa said...

Thank you very much ! Did not know this one.

deGallo said...

Thank you for Dick Collins.

ita diegues said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

Blue Eyes said...

Great recording! yes, it's Jimmy Raney! (not Herb Ellis) thanks a lot Mel for this post!

Félix said...

I agree with Blue Eyes and you Melanchthon, this is Jimmy Raney with his old Gibson ES-150. And he's in fine form! Thanks for this.

L.O.L. said...

Thanks, Mel:)

yewsta said...

Many thanks, Mel - an excellent upgrade.

chano said...

Merci Melanchthon, new to me, great line up.

J B said...

Great sounds! Thanks.

jazztap said...

merci

rubberduck said...

Very nice, many thanks Mel.
never heard since today.

Tibau said...

Thanks for that.
Big hug

TEO said...

Great record!!!
Thanks Mel!!!

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a fantastic post!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

kantorei49 said...

Please Upload ' The Herdsmen Play Paris ', if you have it. Thank You.

chuchuni said...

Wonderful - again. Thanks Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

http://www99.zippyshare.com/v/qGTaezHT/file.html
http://www99.zippyshare.com/v/TDWShUUI/file.html

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. Any disc with Jimmy Raney can't be wrong.

zoltanzylox said...

Thanks Mel! Great post!

kingpossum said...

Based on the comments I'll go ahead and download this...I've resisted due to my aversion to the egregious pun of the title and the silly cover art. A silly aversion on my part, arguably, but 50's American jazz is polluted with punny releases and this is one of the worst offenders. Ah well. Maybe I'll fabricate my own "cover" and try to block the original from my memory. Hearty thanks for the post, Mel, and thanks to all for your comments.

Scoredaddy said...

looks great. thanks for reup!