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Jazzwise (UK) reviews ‘Fade’

Tim Collins “Fade” (three stars) Collins specialises on vibraphone but is also an all-round performer on tuned percussion and drums. On the young New Yorker’s second album as leader the instrumentation may suggest a jazz group, but the result is basically just a set of vocal-less, eclectic rock tunes. That sounds like it could be a definition of post-jazz. Yet…

Something Else reviews ‘Castles and Hilltops’

  Tim Collins – Castles And Hilltops (2011) by S. Victor Aaron As a musician, Collins is the complete package: performer, composer, bandleader. This we know from his 2007 debut Valcour, when he was largely introduced to the world as a vibraphonist with great range and inventiveness in the manner of Bobby Hutcherson. On that record, he led a sextet of equally hungry…

AAJ reviews ‘Castles and Hilltops’

Tim Collins: Castles and Hilltops (2011) By WILLIAM GRIM, Published: November 10, 2011 This is an excellent album by one of the finest vibraphonists on the scene today. Tim Collins combines the harmonic adventurousness of Gary Burton with a swinging style reminiscent of Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson. Castles and Hilltops consists largely of original compositions that run a wide gamut of styles and expressive content.…

All About Jazz Interview

By ALAN BRYSON, Published: September 20, 2011 “I love simple melodies that I want to keep singing over and over again. I want to feel the same chills when we play it that I do when I hear Björk sing it.” Tim Collins likes to mix it up. Recording with pianist Matthias Bublath, Collins has also worked with guitarist Charlie Hunter, who produced…

Jazztimes Interview

Interview with Bill Malchowski of Jazztimes: Tim Collins’ early music influences were not jazz. “My first serious musical obsession was progressive rock, specifically Rush and Yes,” says Collins, 34. “Then, when I started playing vibes at age 20, I became obsessed with Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson.” Collins’ third outing as a leader, Castles and Hilltops, reflects an eclectic range of…

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