Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Buddy Collette - Milano Sessions (1961)

It is surprising how Buddy Collette, a mild-mannered and shy person whose personaly is refelcted in the delicate and predise characteristics of his music, became an engaging enterteiner and tireless performer once in Italy. A glence t his very full programme for the twenty-four days spent there bears this out.
After his debut at the 6th International Jazz Festival at Sanremo the evening of March 1st 1961, there were public and private concerts, performances which continued in a well-known Milan club, meetings with Italian musicians, jam sessions and recording sessions, rehearsals and more recordings. However on further consideration, more than the quantity of his work, we are struck by the efforts to give shape, at all times and in the most widely differing situations, to his general and the jazz one in particular.
In this respect his meeting with Italian jazz musicians was positive and leads to some flattering remarks. Above all Collette is considered in Italy to be one of the top American instrumentalists and his presence is an overwhelming incentive to compete and do better. However such emulation alone cannot produce successful results. There could have been more blowing sessions for example, to be set alongside those held almost daily, and the effort would have been lost in the cliché.
Giacomo Jelmini, 1961, from the booklet

Buddy Collette
The Soft Touch
(Milano Sessions, 1961)


1 Everything Happens to Me (Adair, Dennis)  4:34
2 I Forgot (Collette)  5:27
3 I Wished on the Moon (Parker, Rainger)  4:06
4 Miss Helen (Collette)  4:51
5 Orfeo Negro (Bonfa, Camus, Maria, Llenas)  2:31
6 Mounya Labeli Matatoo (Collette)  5:11
7 Skater for Mater (Collette)  3:25
8 Blues (Collette)  5:56
9 Softly As in a Morning Sunrise (Romberg, Hammerstein II)  3:26
10 That's All (Haymes, Brandt)  5:08
11 Eh Oh (Collette)  2:05
12 The Power of Winds (Collette)  2:26
13 Soft Touch (Collette)  3:55
14 Skylark (Carmichael)  4:01
15 Santa Monica (Collette)  3:21
16 Stella By Starlight (Young, Washington)  4:14


[# 1]
Duško Gojković - tp
Buddy Collette - fl
Renato Sellani - p
Franco Cerri - g
George Joyner - b
Jimmy Pratt - dr
Recorded at the Gürtler Bros Studio, Milano ; March 10, 1961
[# 2-4]
Same as above, except
Duško Gojković - tp, is out
Gianni Basso - cl & ts
Buddy Collette cl & as
Franco Cerri - g [probably, # 3 & 4]
Recorded same place as above ; March 14, 1961
[# 5 & 6]
Dino Piana - tb
Buddy Collette - fl
Renato Sellani - p
Norman Shobey - tub
Armshed Shobey - bg
Jimmy Pratt - dr
Recorded same place as above ; March 15, 1961
[# 7-12]
Buddy Collette - fl, cl & as
Gianni Basso - cl & ts
Renato Sellani - p
George Joyner - b
Jimmy Pratt - dr
Norman Shobey - perc [# 11]
Recorded same place as above ; March 20, 1961
[# 13-16]
Buddy Collette - fl
Franco Cerri - g
George Joyner - b
Jimmy Pratt - dr
Recorded same place as above ; March 24, 1961


danair said...

Looking forward to hearing this one,thanks very much Mel.

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!!
Very interesting sessions with great Italian musicians!!!

5 cents said...

Thank you Mel. Always find something tasty here. b

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Roberto Ferrari said...

Thanks a lot

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Rodney said...

Thank you Mel

steve said...

Thanks Mel . . . this looks quite nice and I have nothing by Buddy.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for these interesting sessions

flyra said...

This is great & a pure entertainment.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Mel, many thanks.

Frasco said...

Thanks again!

zoot said...

many thanks mel

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

glinka21 said...

Oh by all the gods, holy and unholy, you're back. :)

Frasco said...

Welcome back to the Jazz Blogland Melanchthon!

Paco's brother said...

Blog interdit aux cardiaques!
Merci pour le retour.

Blue Eyes said...

Thank you very much Melanchthon for these Milano Sessions!

P.S Heureusement, ch'ui pas cardiaque...mdr

Luis said...

Nice to see you are back, alive and kicking! Cheers

Philo said...

Nice! Thanks Mel.

adakun said...

Muchas gracias Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thanks heaven, you're back. Welcome

jazzcat1228 said...

Nice share. Thank you, Mel!

Kneigh said...

Sure glad to see you back again, Melanchthon!! You do seem to go on the side every so often. Many thanx for this fine Buddy Collette set; fine listening!!

Newlyner said...

Many thanks for this excellent post. :)

neil said...

Once again, many thanks for the opportunity to upgrade, mel...

musician3 said...

GREAT........................THANK YOU FOR ALL

deGallo said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

Orbyt said...

Yup, terrific post as usual. Many thanks Mel!

grumpy said...

Thanks Mel, missed this before.

bho wani said...

Thanks, Mel !

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

barao said...

A curious record. The Italian sidemen are [far] less than outstanding, but the really nasty surprise is that "Eh Ho" credited to Buddy Collette is a shameless ripoff of Dorival Caymmi's "Maracangalha" (whose lyrics start with "Eu vou..."; easy to verify - dozens of recordings, try youtube). Not satisfied with stealing the song, this lovely samba is then mashed into a generic Caribbean/Latin beat.
The string arrangements in the last tracks are at least pleasant.

Otherwise, thank you for a wonderful site.

Melanchthon said...


Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Really great!
Thank you Mel

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!!