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  • Audio CD (March 16, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Origin Classical
  • ASIN: B0033HKBSI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Drawing from his own library of compositional works, mallet percussionist Tom Collier presents a deep and varied collection of works for marimba and vibraphone. He seamlessly weaves the timbres of the instruments on Three Scenes, and Duettino Improvisando, while displaying both his compositional and improvisational prowess, intertwined with a deep musicality. Collier has maintained a strong professional presence for decades in Los Angeles and Seattle; from international tours, to major motion pictures, to being the Director of percussion at the University of Washington for 30 years.


From all the great musical control displayed on this CD, it would seem as if Collier must have an extra hand or two and therefore deserves three thumbs up. --Percussive Arts Society

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Whoever Tom Collier is, more people should know about him. His recent album, Mallet Fantastique is in a word, fantastic. Actually, Collier is director of percussion at the University of Washington and has been playing marimba and vibraphone since he was a kid more than fifty years ago. Although primarily into jazz during most of his professional career, he was trained as a Rockefeller Grantee in college in contemporary classical music. According to the album notes, he played pieces by significant composers including Terry Riley, Luciano Berio, George Rochberg, Ingolf Dahl, and many others during his undergraduate years in the late 1960's. Mallet Fantastique is a welcome return to that genre for Collier. However, this album features his own compositions and every one displays his creative talents as a virtuoso performer and a mature composer. The first track, Marimba Fantastique, is an extended solo piece combining written passages with improvised variations. The composed and improvised sections weave seamlessly in and out of each other so effectively that even the keenest ear would have trouble distinguishing between written and impromptu. The slow, middle section is hauntingly beautiful bringing out the wonderful organ-like tones of the rosewood marimba bars. Three Scenes for Vibraphone and Marimba blur the line between contemporary classical music and jazz. Obvious areas of improvisation are evident and Collier, who played both instruments through the "magic" of overdubbing, let's loose with some wonderful solos. The metal bars of the vibes and the wooden marimba bars mesh beautifully. Why isn't this combination more popular?Read more ›
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Percussionist Tom Collier offers a varied program of jazz-based, classic contemporary music on his third offering from the Seattle-based Origin music. Using vibraphone and marimba, he engages the listener in these solo performances, which range from the melodic to more complex experiments. He starts with an extended Marimba Fantastique, which features some improvisation on top of written contemporary sounds reminiscent of Terry Riley and Steve Reich. He continues with three tone poems about places he has lived. The standout, Nordic Hills, grafts tasty improvisation over a beautifully flowing melody. Cross Bars uses the challenging technique of Conlon Nancarrow, as Collier starts with rapid fire marimba lines that get slower overlayed on a dirge-like vibraharp that becomes increasingly more frantic. He moves dramatically to an almost popish, soothing vibe/marimba duet before ending the program with three abstract, jagged soundscapes. As an encore, Collier adds a brief interpretation of a 1920's tune he remembered from an Edison cylinder. Challenging, innovative and varied, this new CD from Collier will be welcomed by anyone interested in the intersection between classic contemporary and jazz-based music. Dr. Dave Szatmary, author Rockin' In Time: A Social History of Rock and Roll.
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