A new album from a veteran British jazz composer who has been compared to Ellington, Mingus and Gil Evans.
‘Up until [Hoarded Dreams], the formerly bass-playing Collier might have been described as Britain’s Mingus, but not after – Collier went back to the roots of the music and to the principle that jazz is not just about themes and solos, but also about individuals and collectives thinking in a very particular relation one to the other… Few musician’s ‘alternates’ are as revealing as Collier’s.’ Extract from the liner notes by Brian Morton (co-editor of the Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings).
Extracts from some Reviews
The Vonetta Factor is one of the most genuinely modern big band compositions to come out of Britain for twenty years.
Duncan Heining, Jazzwise
Among the most exhilarating, sensual, beautiful and disturbing performances in this era’s jazz.
Ray Comisky, The Irish Times.
Collier reaches distillation of the notion that the orchestra, the written music and the improvising soloist comprise a trinity, each element inseparable from the other.
Doug Ramsey, Rifftides.
Collier's remarkable vision as a composer and Machiavellian mixer of the musical maelstrom.
Anthony Troon, Jazz Journal,
Picked in eMusic’s notable new releases August 2009
Both more formally Euro-classical and more raucous than Mingus-Evans-Ellington.
A sense of the essentially slippery nature of the improvisatory arts is encapsulated beautifully.
Nic Jones, All About Jazz
Two hours of fascinating music.
Chris Parker, Vortex Jazz Club
Music that sounds nonconformist and time-honoured at once.
Massimo Ricci, Temporary Fault, Blog Spot
A visionary and inspired work that’s utterly unlike any big band album released since the death of Gil Evans.
Chris Kelsey, Chris Kelsey.com
Collier's music has pronounced and dissonant free-improv elements, but also structural involvement and concrete, crisply articulated rhythm [and] it swings.
David Adler, adlermusic.com
The composition and recording quality throughout is superb and the musicianship is just fantastic.
Roger Farby, All About Jazz
Although the overall effect is that of cascading polyphony, Collier’s compositional skill is such that individual and individualistic textures and timbres can be heard, no matter how many lines are unfolding at once.
Ken Waxman, jazzword.com
Collier’s music is fiercely individualistic inviting comparisons with the likes of Charles Mingus and Carla Bley.. … a fascinating glimpse at a distinguished jazz career.
Ian Mann, The JazzMann