The Buddy Collette Chico Hamilton Sextet – Tanganyika

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Tanganyika (subtitled Modern Afro-American Jazz) is an album by multi-instrumentalist and composer Buddy Collette recorded at sessions in late 1956 and released on Johnny Otis’ short-lived Dig label.

“This set, presented by disc jockey Sleepy Stein but actually led by multireedist Buddy Collette, slightly predates the Chico Hamilton Quintet and hints strongly at that chamber jazz group. Comprised of Collette, drummer Chico Hamilton, trumpeter John Anderson, pianist Gerald Wiggins, guitarist Jimmy Hall and bassist Curtis Counce — if one substitutes cellist Fred Katz for Anderson and Wiggins and changes the bassist, the result is the Chico Hamilton Quintet of 1955. The music is mostly group originals (five by Collette) and is an excellent example of cool jazz. V.S.O.P. has reissued this worthy recording from the obscure DIG label on CD.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
Green Dream” (Buddy Collette) – 4:28
It’s You” (Buddy Collette) – 2:27
A Walk on the Veldt” (Buddy Collette) – 3:23
How Long Has This Been Going On?” (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:14
The Blindfold Test” (John Anderson) – 6:50
Jungle Pogo Stick” (Buddy Collette) – 2:44
Tanganyika” (Buddy Collette) – 4:57
Wagnervous” (Chico Hamilton, Gerald Wiggins) – 4:42
And So Is Love” (John Anderson) – 2:43
Coming Back for More” (Johnny Otis) – 6:28

Buddy Collette – tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, flute, clarinet
John Anderson – trumpet
Gerald Wiggins – piano
Jimmy Hall – guitar
Curtis Counce – bass
Chico Hamilton – drums


Released: 1956
Recorded: October 11, 1956
Capital Records Studios, Hollywood, CA
Length: 41:56
Label: Dig J-101
Producer: Sleepy Stein