In the summer of 1956, Buddy Collette left Chico Hamilton's successful quintet to begin his own career as a leader. His first quartet stayed together for three months. Then, along with John Goodman, still on bass, Buddy found in pianist Dick Shreve, and drummer Bill Dolney, his ideal rhythm section. With such an outstanding group, Collette, on alto, tenor, clarinet and flute, developed a concept full of beauty, taste and strength, played with warmth and great feeling.
Dick Shreve, too, proves in these sessions that he was not only a talented and underrated pianist in a gentle and reflective manner, but also a fine composer. On the last date of this set, Eugene Wright and Bill Richmond, replacing Goodman and Dolney, sustain the mood just as impressively.
Total time: 79:31 min.
01. Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson-Kahn) 2:36
02. Fall Winds (Buddy Collette) 5:18
03. Minor Deviation (Dick Shreve) 4:38
04. Change It (Buddy Collette) 3:15
05. I'll Remember April (Raye-DePaul-Johnston) 3:05
06. Winston Walks (John Goodman) 2:58
07. If She Had Stayed (Dick Shreve) 3:38
08. They Can't Take That Away From Me (George Gershwin) 3:54
09. Undecided (Shavers-Robin) 3:22
10. Flute In "D" (Buddy Collette) 4:55
11. The Continental (Conrad-Magidson) 3:10
12. Three And One (Buddy Collette) 3:34
13. Night In Tunisia (Gillespie-Paparelli) 4:12
14. Johnny Walks (Buddy Collette) 6:25
15. Perfidia (Alberto Dominguez) 2:55
16. Morning Jazz (Dick Shreve) 3:46
17. Orlando Blues (Buddy Collette) 4:37
18. Soft Touch (Buddy Collette) 3:46
19. Old School (Eugene Wright) 4:46
20. Debbie (Dick Shreve) 3:57
The complete Buddy Collete Quartet sessions, featuring pianist Dick Shreve has been taken from:
Tracks #1 & 2, from "Stars of Jazz" TV Show
Tracks #3-5, from "Nice Day with Buddy Collette" (Contemporary C 3531)
Tracks #6-16, from "Calm, Cool and Collette" (ABC Paramount ABC 179)
Tracks #17-20, from "Everybody's Buddy" (Challenge CHL-603)
Personnel on #1-16:
Buddy Collette (fl, cl, as, ts), Dick Shreve (p), John Goodman (b), Bill Dolney (d).
Recorded at ABC Studios, on November 19 & 29, 1956 [#1-5] and on January 24, 1957 [#6-16]
Personnel on #17-20:
Buddy Collette (fl, cl, as, ts), Dick Shreve (p), Eugene Wright (b), Bill Richmond (d).
Recorded in Hollywood, on May 14, 1957
Cover photo: Lee Friedlander
Original recordings produced by Jimmy Baker (#1-2), Lester Koenig (#3-5), Creed Taylor (#6-16), and David Axelrod (#17-20)
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Hi Fi · Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.
-Nice Day with Buddy Collette
"Nice Day is a nice recording for multireedist Buddy Collette who plays alto, clarinet, flute and tenor [...] The original runthroughs are excellent. Collette is the main voice throughout this set of lightly swinging music although he gets support from the fine rhythm sections (which include Dick Shreve on piano). Overall this set serves as a good all-around showcase for Buddy Collette's playing and writing talents.
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide