The Complete 1961 Milano Sessions (2-CD) + Unreleased Tracks
  • Music LPM 2091
    Music LPM 2091
  • Music LPM 2095
    Music LPM 2095
  • Ricordi MRJ 8001
    Ricordi MRJ 8001

Buddy Collette

The Complete 1961 Milano Sessions (2-CD) + Unreleased Tracks

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Buddy Collette (as, fl, cl), Dusko Goykovich, Oscar Valdambrini (tp), Dino Piana (tb), Gianni Basso (ts, cl), Jacques Pelzer (fl), Renato Sellan, Amadeo Tommasi (p), Franco Cerri (b, g), George Joyner, Giorgio Azzolini (b), Jimmy Pratt, Gianni Cazzola, Buster Smith (d), Norman Shobey, Armshed Shobey (perc), String Quartet

Reference: FSRCD 990_2

Bar code: 8427328609906

In March 1961, Buddy Collette came to Italy to play at the 6th Sanremo Jazz Festival. His presence aroused much interest among Italian fans and promoters, and after the festival followed several concerts in Milan and Florence.

Buddy’s first stay in Europe is, fortunately, well-documented by his frequent visits to the recording studios in Milan. Ten sessions made between March 10 and March 25, 1961, present him in a number of different settings, featuring some of the pillars of the Italian jazz scene of the sixties, such as Gianni Basso, Oscar Valdambrini, Renato Sellani, Amadeo Tommasi, Sergio Fanni, as well as other well-known jazzmen, including Serbian Dusco Gojkovic, Belgian Jacques Pelzer, and Americans George Joyner and Jimmy Pratt.

These sessions resulted in three albums, initially released in Italy by the labels Music and Ricordi. The unissued tracks here were recorded in two sessions from March 23 and 25, organised by Collette’s friend George Moran, and except for Kelly and Jake, which appeared on two Ampex 8-track stereo cartridges, this is the first time they have been released.

Tracklist

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Total time: 144:41 min.


CD 1
01. Slavic Mood (Dusko Goykovich) 4:15
02. San Carlo (Buddy Collette) 4:46
03. Pickford Street (Buddy Collette) 4:15
04. Paddi (Buddy Collette) 4:07
05. A Taste of Fresh Air (Buddy Collette) 3:59
06. Blues for Nicola (Buddy Collette) 4:08
07. Everything Happens to Me (Dennis-Adair) 4:34
08. I Forgot (Buddy Collette) 5:27
09. I Wished on the Moon (Rainger-Parker) 4:07
10. Miss Helen (Buddy Collette) 4:51
11. Orfeo Negro (Manha de Carnaval) (Bonfa-Maria) 2:30
12. Mounya Labeli Matatu (Buddy Collette) 5:10
13. Hunt and Peck (Buddy Collette) 6:15
14. Room with Skies (Buddy Collette) 3:52
15. Inverness (Buddy Collette) 4:50
16. Santa Tecla (Buddy Collette) 3:43
17. Buddy Boo (Buddy Collette) 4:21

CD 2
01. One for the Air (Buddy Collette) 3:28
02. Nice Day (Buddy Collette) 3:30
03. My Funny Valentine (Rodgers-Hart) 2:54
04. Skater for Mater (Buddy Collette) 3:25
05. Blues (Buddy Collette) 5:56
06. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Romberg-Hammerstein II) 3:26
07. That’s All (Brandt-Haymes) 5:08
08. Eh! Oh! (Buddy Collette) 2:05
09. The Power of Winds (Buddy Collette) 2:26
10. Jake (Buddy Collette) 4:30
11. Hannie’s Dream (Amadeo Tommasi) 4:04
12. Kelly (Buddy Collette) 3:38
13. Soft Touch (Buddy Collette) 3:55
14. Skylark (Carmichael-Mercer) 4:01
15. Santa Monica (Buddy Collette) 3:21
16. Stella by Starlight (Young-Washington) 4:13
17. It Could Happen to You (Van Heusen-Burke) 4:46
18. Speak Low (Kurt Weill) 1:38
19. Lonely Flute (Buddy Collette) 2:49

Album details

Sources CD 1:
Tracks #1, 2, 7 & 8, from LP Music 2095
Tracks #3 to 6, 11 & 12, from LP Music 2091
Tracks #9 & 10, from Music session, but not issued on LP
Tracks # 13-17, from LP Ricordi MRJ 8001

Sources CD 2:
Tracks #1-3, from LP Ricordi MRJ 8001
Tracks #4 & 5, from LP Music 2091
Tracks #6-9, from Music session, but not issued on LP
Tracks #13-16, from LP Music 2095
Tracks #10-12 & #17-19 of CD-2 from George Moran’s sessions, but not issued on LP

Personnel on CD 1

Tracks #1-7: Dusko Goykovich, trumpet; Buddy Collette, flute, clarinet & alto sax; Renato Sellani, piano; Franco Cerri, bass (#1-4) & guitar (#5-7); George Joyner, bass (#5-7); Jimmy Pratt, drums.
Recorded in Milano, March 10, 1961

Tracks #8-10: Buddy Collette, clarinet & alto sax; Gianni Basso, tenor sax & clarinet; Renato Sellani, piano; Franco Cerri, guitar; George Joyner, bass; Jimmy Pratt, drums.
Recorded in Milano, March 14, 1961

Tracks #11-12: Buddy Collette, flute; Dino Piana, trombone; Renato Sellani, piano; Franco Cerri, bass; Jimmy Pratt, drums; Norman Shobey, conga; Armshed Shobey, bongos.
Recorded in Milano, March 15, 1961

Tracks #13-15: Oscar Valdambrini, trumpet; Buddy Collette, flute, clarinet & alto sax; Gianni Basso, tenor sax & clarinet; Renato Sellani, piano; Giorgio Azzolini, bass; Gianni Cazzola, drums.
Recorded in Milano, March 16, 1961

Tracks #16-17: Same personnel as above.
Recorded in Milano, March 17, 1961

Personnel on CD 2:

Tracks #1-3: Oscar Valdambrini, trumpet; Buddy Collette, flute & clarinet; Gianni Basso, tenor sax & clarinet; Renato Sellani, piano; Giorgio Azzolini, bass; Gianni Cazzola, drums.
Recorded in Milano, March 18, 1961

Tracks #4-9: Buddy Collette, flute, clarinet & alto sax; Gianni Basso, tenor sax & clarinet; Renato Sellani, piano; George Joyner, bass; Jimmy Pratt, drums; Norman Shobey, conga (#8 & 9).
Recorded in Milano, March 20, 1961

Tracks #10-12: Sergio Fanni, trumpet (#10 & 12); Buddy Collette, Jacques Pelzer, flutes; Amadeo Tommasi, piano; George Joyner (#10 & 12), Giovanni Tommaso (#11) bass; Buster Smith, drums.
Recorded in Milano, March 23, 1961

Tracks #13-16: Buddy Collette, flute; Franco Cerri, guitar; George Joyner, bass; Jimmy Pratt, drums; plus string quartet: Franco Fantini (1st violin); Tino Bacchetta (2nd violin); Marcello Turio (viola); Genunzio Ghetti (cello); Ezio Leoni, arranger (#13 & 16); Giulio Libano, arranger (#14 & 15).
Recorded in Milano, March 24, 1961

Tracks #17-19: Buddy Collette, flute & clarinet; Jacques Pelzer, flute (#18); Renato Sellani, piano; George Joyner, bass; Buster Smith, drums.
Recorded in Milano, March 25, 1961

Liner notes by Jordi Pujol, Pino Maffei, Giacomo Jelmini, Coen Hofmann,
Steven Louis Isoardi & Buddy Collette
Unreleased tracks and photos (page 5 & 6), courtesy of Buddy Collette

Original recordings produced by Nanni Ricordi & Guido Crepax;
and Walter & Ernest Gürtler
This CD compilation produced by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"Buddy Collette deserves greater recognition. That he hasn’t had it is probably because he fell off the radar slightly for some years during the 60s and also he was seen as a multi-instrumentalist, rather than a specialist. Unfairly so, as these recordings show.

A leading light in post-war West Coast Jazz, playing with Mingus, Benny Carter, Gerald Wilson and others, he came to prominence with Chico Hamilton in the mid 50s. In 1961 he went to Italy to appear at the Sanremo Jazz Festival, stayed several weeks and recorded with top European players.

This set is well arranged, chronologically, starting with Slavic Mood, an attractive number by Serbian Dusko Gojkovic, with the composer playing tightly muted trumpet and Collette joining on flute. Several Collette originals follow, including the atmospheric Pickford Street (Sellani’s piano quietly understated) and the ballad Paddi (the leader on alto), before the Dennis/Adair standard Everything Happens To Me. Gojkovic excels on these, both muted and open, romping through A Taste Of Fresh Air, Collette’s alto in close attendance.

This album is worth getting for these sides alone, but there’s more to follow, as the solos from Valdambrini, Basso and Collette on Inverness, Santa Tecla and Buddy Boo demonstrate. Basso tips a (pork-pie?) hat to Lester Young on I Forgot, and follows Sellani’s block-chord and single-note run on Miss Helen with strong-toned tenor.

American bassist George Joyner (Jamil Nasser) gives rhythmic guidance throughout, but notably on Skater For Mater, Blues and Speak Low. His walking bass directs Softly, in which the quality of playing shines through from Sellani and Collette, and he duets with the leader on a sensitive reading of That’s All, piano and brushes joining.

There’s plenty for flute fans when Collette and Pelzer combine and there are four tracks with La Scala String Quartet – an acquired taste but it conjures up Italy of that period, Antonioni and Monica Vitti wandering into Milan’s Jamaica bar. There are even a couple of Latin numbers – conga drum and bongos with Dino Piana’s lively trombone. All very enjoyable with some gems.

In an interview in the booklet Collette said “What a great, great trip it was. It was all music for a month, me learning the different pacing of the Italian people and the musicians”. Poignant, in the current climate of uncertainty. All hopes for a return to safety, borders reopened and links with a warm and friendly people soon re-established. [If Brexit catches Covid-19 – Ed.]"

Matthew Wright (May 5, 2020)
https://jazzjournal.co.uk/
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"One of the true masters of jazz that never quite got his due (outside of his hometown of Los Angeles) has to be Buddy Collette (1921-2010). Jazz fans “in the know” knew about him from his classic work as a sideman with Charles Mingus and Chico Hamilton, but he also was the first black to break into the all white Hollywood studio scene of the 1950s, eschewing the fame of touring and living in New York to be in the band for the popular Groucho Marx “You Bet Your Life” TV show, among others.

This two disc set finds him on a rare European tour, recording in Milan, Italy, for a handful of typically classy sessions. He plays flute, clarinet and alto sax throughout, with Italian all stars that you may not be familiar with  such as Gianni basso/ts-cl, Renato Sellani/p, Franco Cerri-irogio Azzolini/b as well as Americans Buster Smith-Gianni Cazzola/dr and George Joyner/b. He’s mostly heard on flute, and he sounds bluesy on the bopping “Slavic Mood” and “Kelly” while fluffy on “Hannah’s Dream” and giving a wonderful solo aria during “Lonely Flute”. His alto is warm for “Paddi” and digs into the Afro Cuban” Eh! Oh!” and gives rich hues for “Blues”. Is clarinet shines on “Softly As In A Morning Sunrise” and swings to “Skater For Mater”. This is one to search for, as these rare recordings deserve ears for appreciation.

The multipage book gives a great synopsis of the woodwind master, and the studio session info is invaluable for historians. Check it out!"

George W. Harris (April 6, 2020)
https://www.jazzweekly.com/

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