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Live In Concert

by Tim Collins Quartet

Vibes player Tim Collins leads a quartet with great original jazz from the straight-ahead tradition, but also using elements of latin, funk, and rock
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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Album Notes
Featuring Ayako Shirasaki (piano), Miles Brown (bass), and Obed Calvaire (drums).

Tim Collins

This is an early demo from Tim's college days. The predecessor of his later album "Valcour" which was released on Arabesque Records in 2006, and "Fade" (2008 Ropeadope). This album is simply swingin' straight ahead jazz at its best. Be sure to check out Tim's rock project "ElephantBear" where he does much more than just play vibes..


"His playing combines singing lyricism with a deep sense of swing"
-- Dick Oatts (Lead Alto, Village Vangaurd Jazz Orchestra)

"Musicians who stood out by virtue of their fire or finesse included New York vibist Tim Collins"
-- Mike Joyce (Washington Post, April 2002)

"Great playing all around by this promising musician"
-- Steve Slagle (Lead Alto, Mingus Big Band)

"A wonderfully played set...(pianist) Shirasaki and Tim have a wonderful rapport and it was a pleasure listening to them."
-- Mike Abene (composer/arranger)

"A world-class performance"
-- Chris Rosenberg (guitarist, Ornette Coleman group)

"Tim is one of the most talented musicians I have had the pleasure to work with"
-- Steve Brown (guitarist, Chuck Isreals/Barry Harris)

"He is a natural and fluent player...I see almost no limitations as to what he will accomplish in the future."
-- Gordon Stout (Internationally Acclaimed Marimba Artist)


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I liked this cd alot! Tim, and Ayako seem to complete each other. It started off really nice, by the end they had my attention. I really love the xylophone (vibes). Take notice Lional, a new kids in town!!!

CD Baby

An exceptionally bright and brisk live jazz album featuring vivid jazz vibes, lighting up a full-spectrum sound. Incorporating influences from Funk, Rock and Latin styles with sassy backbeats and forthright piano punctuation, this east coast group is one that jazz connoisseurs will be talking about. With outstandintg compositional integrity, this is truly a meeting of voices, a group performance with one, cohesive vision. Highly recommended.

Peg Schmidt

Vibrant, exciting,... clearly a musician moving up!
This music starts right out with imagination and verve. The vibes take on a life of their own and the interplay between vibes and piano captured me repeatedly as I listened. Nice original compositions, fresh sound.


Vibraphones make for a unique sound
I generally prefer more abstract Jazz, but the instrumentation and composition here make this a very enjoyable album. The vibraphone-piano interplay is great! After listening to this album a few times, I've concluded that vibes, piano, bass, and drum is my favorite Jazz quartet instrumentation.

Chad Anderson

Great original compositions...a fresh feel on what can be so common!
Excellent compositions! This group locks in hard and creates some magical dynamics and spaces. This has a sound/conception that points to the environment in which it was created...some of the music that is coming from the school and other pockets has a predictable polish. This recording has a crispness that isn't present in a lot of records. Obed (drums) sounds great as usual. Great record! Great playing!
-Chad Anderson http://www.mudpiemedia.com/chadanderson/