Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Jim Helms: Bossa Nova, 1961

Since his death late last year, I've been wanting to put up an album of reed/ flute player Buddy Collette, one of the all time greats of LA jazz. From his work with Chico Hamilton's Quintet in the 50's to his more recent recordings, Buddy's music has always inspired me. On this album, he joins a band directed by Jim Helms to play jazz songs based on Brazilian rhythms. As a soloist, Howard Roberts stands out as much as Collette on many of the tracks. Jim Helms wrote and arranged all the songs on the album. During his career, he mostly worked composing music for Hollywood soundtracks, including to 70's TV show Kung Fu, but also had at least one other title out on Crown Records, the label that released this album. The record wasn't in great condition, but the sound quality isn't too bad.

Buddy Collette: flute, reeds
Howard Roberts: guitar
Mel Pollan: bass
Leo Acosta and Darias: percussion

A Meia-Noite (At Midnight) by Easyjams



  2. Wow ! first time I see this one ! your choices (and presentations) are excellent ! Thank you beaucoup !

  3. I picked up this record in record/collectable shop many years ago without knowing anything about it. I just love bossa nova music, and recognized some of the names on the album. Turns out it was a great find! All of the artists shine, and the music is terrific, esp. "It Can Never Be," "Turtle Samba," Mischievous Love," and "Skin of Ivory". These songs particularly have the Sound of the Sixties!