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Impulsive Illuminations

Impulsive Illuminations

Tom Collier

Label: Origin Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805558272523
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Catalog number: ORIGIN 82725
Releasedate: 02-12-16
"Collier...is so well-equipped academically that his sleight-of-hand solos already are a fascinating study."   - Los Angeles Times

- containing improvised compositions
For his eighth recording on Origin, vibist Tom Collier assembled a set of five improvised compositions with pianist Richard Karpen to be recorded in a trio setting. Added to the duo for each piece are several of the more empathetic and forward-looking creative musicians of the past 50 years, all who happen to be colleages of theirs at the University of Washington, where Collier recently retired after a thirty-year career. William O. "Bill" Smith and Stuart Dempster both nurtured his thirst for improvised music in the late '60s through their contemporary music program at the UW. More recently, trumpeter Cuong Vu, guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Ted Poor have all made dynamic contributions to the program. Here they each contribute to an album that, while abstract and complex, is also full of beauty and emotion.
Seattle-based vibraphonist Tom Collier has received much critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with his own group as well as with other jazz and popular artists. Tom has appeared in concert and on recordings with Eddie Daniels, Ry Cooder, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Roger Kellaway, Frank Zappa, Howard Roberts, Ernie Watts, Dave Holland, Shelly Manne, Alex Acuna, Laurindo Almeida, Buddy DeFranco, Diane Schurr, Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole, Morganna King, Herb Ellis, Bill Mays, Bobby Shew and Ernestine Anderson, In addition to his long and varied professional career, he has been the Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Washington since 1980.