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.
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