4 1/2 STARS - Alone in the Studio is a recording to return to often.
"Alone in The Studio" features Tom Collier playing every instrument including vibraphone, marimba, piano, drums, and keyboards. Originally inspired by the 1960's studio exploits of artists ranging from The Beatles and The Beach Boys to Gary Burton and Miles Davis, Collier's 50-year career as a recording musician culminates in this album entirely performed, recorded and produced alone in his Seattle studio. "Collier turns phrases and builds lines that set a new musical standard for the vibraphone." - Percussive Arts Society
1 Little Green Thing 4:13
2 Lines 3:07
3 Double Bars 6:36
4 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most 7:09
5 Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise 3:56
6 God Only Knows / Here, There, And Everywhere 9:56
7 Five Brothers 3:57
8 Anyone Who Had A Heart 7:13
9 Turning To Spring 4:42
10 Alone 5:18
11 Orbital Dance 7:14
Tom Collier - vibraphone, marimba, piano, drums, bass synthesizer, recording engineer, producer
Produced, recorded, mixed & mastered by Tom Collier
at Mallet Head Studio, Seattle, WA,
March - August, 2014
Photography by Chad McCullough & Todd Bishop
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
One of the most eclectic multi-instrumentalists you are ever going to run across, Collier pulls the sum total of 50 years at this gig together with a set that has you rapt by things like vibe solos played with such an innocence and lack of guile you almost forget where you are. It’s the chops---they’re well done. Smart and sly jazz that takes ...
Audiophile Audition (Robbie Gerson)
Percussionist Tom Collier traces his roots to Seattle and Sixties musical culture. He considers Gary Burton (especially his 1966 album, Time Machine ) a vital influence in his development. Additionally, pop music from that era (The Beatles, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass) provided insight into aspects of the recording process. His earliest gigs ...
All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
4 1/2 STARS Percussionist Tom Collier has the solo touch. His previous recording, Tom Collier: Plays Haydn, Mozart, Telemann and Others (Origin, 2012) had the vibraphonist and educator making his way through a Baroque and classical recitals to great effect. Presently, Collier strolls through some originals and standards and not-so-standard standar ...
Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Tom Collier plays vibes, marimba, piano, drums and bass synthesizer all by his lonesome on this mix of standards and originals. He's a one man band on the bouncy take of "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise" and the deftly swinging "Five Brothers" and can create a full bodied funk on his own "Orbital Dance." His vibes can glow and chime on "Little Gre ...
Ancient Victorys (Chris Lunn)
Collier, a brilliant composer musician on vibraphone, marimba, piano and drums, recorded this entire CD in his own studio, a recording home he has perfected for decades. So he moves easily from solos to entire ensemble pieces showcasing the various instruments he palys. It is inventive and you will feel very much the talent of the writing, arrangin ...
Vibraphonist Tom Collier has nurtured twin passions for mallet instruments and the recording process since childhood. His dad, a professional trumpet player, was also a 78-rpm-recording hobbyist, and he even recorded his 4-year old son playing xylophone in 1954. The equipment, and Collier Jr.'s playing, grew more sophisticated over the years, and ...
Percussive Notes (Tom Morgan)
Tom Collier has always been interested in recording music. This is obvious when one reads the liner notes to this excellent CD. As the name implies, Alone in the Studio is all Tom Collier playing vibes, marimba, piano, drums, and synthesized bass. He takes all of is past experience in the studio and creates performances of 11 tunes full of variety ...