Buddy Collette

Soft Touch

Fresh Sound Records

Buddy Collette (as, ts, cl, fl), Gerald Wilson (tp), Al Viola (g), Wilfred Middlebrooks (b), Earl Palmer (d)

Reference: FSRCD 214

Bar code: 8427328602143

"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 -All Music Guide

01. Soft Touch (Collette)
02. Orlando Blues (Collette)
03. It's You (Collette)
04. My Funny Valentine (Rodgers-Hart)
05. The Cute Monster (Collette)
06. Walkin' Willie (Middlebrooks)
07. Changes (Collette)
08. Blue Sands (Collette)
09. Soft Touch (Collette)

Recorded in Hollywood, 1958

10.Moonlight in Vermont (Suessedorf-Blackburn)
11.It's You (Collette)
12.Soft Touch (Collette)

Album details

Recorded at the "Stars of Jazz" TV Show, 1958

14,95 €  (tax incl.)

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