Buddy Collette (fl, cl, as, ts), Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts (g), Gerald Wiggins, Ernie Freeman, Don Friedman, Calvin Jackson (p), Gene Wright, Joe Comfort, John Goodman, Leroy Vinnegar (b), Bill Richmond, Larry Bunker, Joe Peters, Shelly Manne (d)
Reference: FSRCD 2250
Bar code: 8427328622509
This CD is the product of five recording sessions that took place in late 1956 and early 1957, in which Buddy Collette, a seminal and original westcoaster, used five excellent rhythm sections. With his command of alto, tenor, clarinet and flute, he proved to be a musician of rare calibre, technically gifted, with flawless playing distinguished by fine tonal quality on each instrument.
Disciplined without being rigid, and full of imagination, he had a natural, flowing conception that never sounds contrived. And he was helped by having some of the best West Coast rhythm sections of the time on hand to make these recordings an ideal combination of gentleness and strength.
-Man of Many Parts
"This reissue of a Contemporary session shows off the many parts of multi-reedist Buddy Collette. Collette is showcased on tenor, alto, clarinet, and his strongest ax, flute [...] The cool jazz set (which sometimes uses advanced harmonies) also features among the sidemen trumpeter Gerald Wilson, guitarist Barney Kessel, and pianist Gerald Wiggins, ranking with Buddy Collette's best work of the 1950s."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide
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