Featuring Ayako Shirasaki (piano), Miles Brown (bass), and Obed Calvaire (drums).
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)