Buddy Collette, Bud Shank, Paul Horn (fl, a-fl, piccolo), Harry Klee (fl, a-fl, b-fl), Bill Miller, John T. Williams (p), Jim Hall (g), Red Mitchell, Joe Comfort (b), Bill Richmond, Shelly Manne, Earl Palmer (d)
Reference: FSRCD 2258
Bar code: 8427328622585
This set is a veritable west coast flutist convention. A pastoral picnic with the Swinging Shepherds, led by Buddy Colletttes 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 its not the instrument, after all, that determines eligibility; its 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, Collettes Swinging Shepherds produced some beautiful sounds, as would be expected of such a gifted group of jazz musicians.
01. The Funky Shepherds (4:51)
02. Tasty Dish (4:19)
03. Improvisation (unaccompanied) (2:10)
04. The Four Winds Blow (3:35)
05. Pony Tale (4:28)
06. Machito (3:51)
07. Short Story (3:21)
08. Flute Diet (4:41)
09. Improvisation (with conga) (2:25)
10. The Shrike (3:24)
11. Laura (2:38)
12. Smile (3:06)
13. Invitation (3:52)
14. I Cant Believe
That Youre in Love with Me (2:42)
15. Intermezzo (3:27)
16. The Bad and the Beautiful (4:10)
17. Swinging on a Star (2:56)
18. Ruby (3:21)
19. The Trolley Song (1:54)
20. Colonel Bogey (3:29)
Total time: 69:17 min.
Arrangements by Buddy Collette, Bud Shank, Paul Horn & Pete Rugolo
Original LP sources:
Tracks #1-9, from the album
"Buddy Collette and His Swinging Shepherds"
(Mercury SR 80005).
Tracks #8-19, from the album
"Buddy Collette and His Swinging Shepherds at the Cinema" (Mercury SR 60132).
Personnel on tracks #1-9:
Buddy Collette, Bud Shank, Paul Horn (fl, a-fl, piccolo), Harry Klee (fl, a-fl, b-fl), Bill Miller (p), Joe Comfort (b) and Bill Richmond (d, conga on #9).
Recorded at Master Recorders, Hollywood, March 5 & 7, 1958.
Personnel on tracks #10-20:
Buddy Collette, Bud Shank, Paul Horn (fl, a-fl, piccolo), Harry Klee (fl, a-fl, b-fl), Bill Miller (p), John T. Williams (p on #14-16), Jim Hall (g), Red Mitchell (b), Shelly Manne (d), Earl Palmer (d on #17-20).
Recorded at Master Recorders, Hollywood, January 10 (#10-13), January 17 (#14-16), February 21 (#17-20), 1959.
Musical Director: David Carroll
Recordings supervised by Pete Rugolo
Cover Photo: Garrett-Howard
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered