Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Buddy Collette at the Cinema

This set is a veritable west coast flutist convention. A pastoral picnic with the Swinging Shepherds, led by Buddy Collette’s frolicsome flute and built on a beat definitely not bucolic. Buddy, along with Bud Shank, Paul Horn, and Harry Klee, introduced a new concept : warm, woodsy sounds from four flutes and rhythm. Before this experience, flute in jazz had generally been utilized in solo context. The arrival of the Swinging Shepherds, with their unique arrangements for a quartet of flutes, blowing freely and off-the-chart modern jazz as the mood dictated, proved it’s not the instrument, after all, that determines eligibility; it’s the player. The interplay between them as they switch to the various instruments in the flute family is remarkable. The first album was further enlivened by the presence of the Nelson Riddle rhythm section, with Bill Miller on piano, Joe Comfort on bass, and Bill Richmond on drums. On the second, Miller shares the piano spot with John T. Williams, Shelly Manne and Earl Palmer alternate on drums, Red Mitchell is the bassist, and Jim Hall is added on guitar. Overall, Collette’s Swinging Shepherds produced some beautiful sounds, as would be expected of such a gifted group of jazz musicians.

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Buddy Collette
and his
Swinging Shepherds


1 The Funky Shepherds (Shank)  4:51
2 Tasty Dish (Collette)  4:19
3 Improvisation (unaccompanied) (Rugolo, Shank, Collette, Horn, Klee)  2:10
4 The Four Winds Blow (Horn)  3:35
5 Pony Tale (Horn)  4:28
6 Machito (Collette)  3:51
7 Short Story (Collette)  3:21
8 Flute Diet (Collette)  4:41
9 Improvisation (with conga) (Rugolo, Shank, Collette, Horn, Klee)  2:25
10 Colonel Bogey & River Kwai March (Adford)  3:29
11 Laura (Raskin, Mercer)  2:38
12 Smile (Chaplin)  3:06
13 The Bad and the Beautiful (Raksin)  4:10
14 The Shrike (Rugolo)  3:24
15 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (McHugh, Gaskill)  2:42
16 The Trolley Song (Blane, Martin)  1:54
17 Intermezzo (Henning, Provost)  3:27
18 Ruby (Roemheld, Parish)  3:21
19 Invitation (Kaper, Webster)  3:52
20 Swinging on a Star (Burke, VanHeusen)  2:56


[# 1-9] "Buddy Collette and His Swinging Shepherds" (Mercury SR 80005)
Buddy Collette, Bud Shank, Paul Horn - fl, a-fl & piccolo
Harry Klee - fl, a-fl & b-fl
Bill Miller - p
Joe Comfort - b
Bill Richmond - dr & cng [on # 9]
Recorded at Master Recorders, Hollywood, March 5 [# 5, 7-9] & 7, 1958.
[# 10-20] "Buddy Collette and His Swinging Shepherds at the Cinema" (Mercury SR 60132)
Buddy Collette, Bud Shank, Paul Horn - fl, a-fl & piccolo
Harry Klee - fl, a-fl & b-fl
Bill Miller or John T. Williams [# 14-19] - p
Jim Hall - g
Red Mitchell - b
Shelly Manne or Earl Palmer [# 10, 16, 18 & 19] - dr
Recorded at Master Recorders, Hollywood, January 10 [# 10-13], January 17 [# 14-16], February 21 [# 17-20], 1959.

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marcusr said...

Merci beacoup! Audorable )

Kovina Kris said...

Gotta give this one a try. Bass flute? Who knew? Thanks!

Orbyt said...

Thanks Mel, I have part of this. Great to have the entire set!!

@Kris, FYI:


The word "piccolo" in Italian means "small", and in reference to the flute, means, "small flute". The Germans refer to it as "Kleine Flote", the French, "Petite Flute", and the Italians, "Flauto Piccolo" or "Ottavino", which means "octave flute". This smallest of the flute family produces the highest and shrillest tones, and is capable of playing the highest notes in the band or orchestra. The piccolo sounds one octave higher than the Concert flute.


The E Flat Soprano flute is larger than the piccolo, but about four inches shorter than the Concert flute in C. This popular flute is rapidly gaining favor with flutists the world over be cause of its unique tone. This sound_ combines a blend of both the piccolo and Concert flute qualities. Many teachers are finding it invaluable in training young flutists, and are utiliz ing its ease of handling and easier blowing requirements. The Soprano flute sounds a minor third higher than the Concert flute and has, at times, been referred to as the Terzflöte, or Third flute. Many bands are incorporating this charming flute into their E Flat clarinet section.


The Concert Flute in C is the most frequently used flute, and literally thousands of pieces have been composed for it. The earliest flutes date back centuries before the birth of Christ, although it wasn't until 1847 that Theobald Boehm of Munich produced the first flute with the basic system that we use today. Improvements have been made, and different materials used, but today's flute world owes much to the genius of Boehm.

The ALTO Flute in G

The Alto Flute in G sounds a perfect fourth lower than the Concert flute, and produces a rich mellow tone. This beauti ful flute is larger than the Concert flute. Again to Theobald Boehm, we owe our gratitude for his perfection of the G flute. This instrument was his favorite. Today, the Alto flute is finding its rightful place in the music community, and more and more composers are using the haunting qualities of its sound.


The Bass flute in C is the largest member of the flute family, and sounds an octave lower than the Concert flute. The bass flute is so long (47 3/8 inches), that the tube must be doubled back in order to play it. Because of its size, this flute is one of the most difficult of the family to play. However, the unique voice it produces is bringing it into ever increasing demand especially in film and television recordings. Many leading jazz musicians, as well as concert flutists, are finding the Bass flute a must to own.

Foth said...

Intriguing....Buddy Collette is/was a very inventive player but I've only ever heard him on sax. Should be interesting, thanks.

Blue Eyes said...

Great post Mel, I love the arrangements of this session ! Merci !

deGallo said...

Buddy Collette....thank so much for this great post. Truly amazing!

dreadco said...

Thank you so much for Buddy Collette. R.I.P. Buddy Collette...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post. Looks like terrific music.

d3lta said...

What a nutty (and kitschy) concept to dress up jazzmen as monks, lol, luckily the music is anything but, many thanks Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

@Orbyt - Thanks for the flute 411. Great info!

rccobas said...

Excelente el blog pero no puedo abrir este archivo , tiene pass?

rccobas said...

ya lo encontre graciassss, maravilloso blog

Baron said...

Thanks Mel ... you've some site ... this time I'll pick some Collette ... Baron

L.O.L. said...

Amazing. I love this sound. Thanks Mel:)

rog said...

Great FUN Mel ! Thank you.

grumpy said...

Missed this first time around, many thanks for the re-up.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel! I look forward to hearing this interesting album.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Melanchthon said...

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Merci Beacoup Mel!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

Axel.T. said...

Great album I have not seen for many many years.
Thanks again for this classic.

tdelyon said...

Thanks !