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Tom Collier

Mallet Fantastique

ORIGIN CLASSICAL 33009

“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

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 for Vibraphone and Marimba," and "Duettino Improvisando for Vibraphone and Marimba," while "Marimba Fantastique" serves to cement 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 holding the Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Washington.

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TRACKS:

1. Marimba Fantastique (2007) 11:56

Three Scenes for Vibraphone and Marimba
2. Nordica Hills (2006) 6:22
3. Cedar Park After Dark (2008) 4:47
4. Pink Skies Over Carnaby (2004) 5:04
5. Cross Bars (2009) 5:22
6. Duettino Improvisando for Vibraphone and Marimba (2005) 6:48

Vibescape for Solo Vibraphone (2008-09)
7. Nocturne 3:49
8. Space 4:15
9. Rondo 4:14
10. Radio Galop (traditional) 1:50

PERFORMERS:

TOM COLLIER - Vibraphone and Marimba

PRODUCTION:

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Tom Collier at
Mallet Head South Studio, Kent, WA (2004-2007)
and Mallet Head North Studio, Seattle, WA (2008-2009)
Marimba photo by Victor Van Der Griendt
Collier photo by Cynthia St. Clair
Cover design by John Bishop

REVIEWS:

All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
Mallet percussionist Tom Collier finally educates listeners on the difference between the vibraphone and marimba: it is the sound. These mallet-driven instruments make a great alternative to the piano, both in solo and ensemble settings. They are rich instruments, the vibraphone with its resonant presence and the marimba with its organic woodiness....

 

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