Canadian jazz listeners are privileged to have a plethora of wonderful bassists. Just to mention a few, Skip Beckwith, Michel Donato, Dave Young, Steve Wallace and Jim Vivian. The list goes on and on.
It’s time to add a new name to the growing list. Pat Collins
isn’t really new to the Canadian Scene and has over fifty recording sessions to his credit as a sideman. He is, perhaps, somewhat less known than the others by the general public. The clinician-teacher-performer has appeared with such luminaries as Oscar Peterson, Ed Bickert, Diana Krall, Don Thompson, Peter Appleyard, Oliver Jones, Rob McConnell and the late Dizzy Gillespie. Collins is presently on the faculty of both Humber and Mohawk colleges.
In his debut CD under his own name, Pat offers nine of his own compositions. While I may be wrong, I’m guessing that this is the first time these pieces have appeared on disk. Be prepared for some fine jazz. The bassist/leader is joined by drummer Barry Elmes
, reedman Mike Murley
and the exciting guitarist Reg Schwager
. Several tunes stand out immediately on the first audition. I was particularly impressed with the beautiful A Momentary Lapse
. The listener gets a chance to hear how perfectly the guitar and bass compliment each other with Mike Murley stating the melody line. The second track on the album burrows into your brain immediately. My Happy Place
is the type of melody you’ll whistle on the way to the office. Nowadays, I think they call it an "earworm." In The Moment
is a CD that’s very easy to like. Pat Collins has a website in the works and hopefully it will be online soon. In the meantime, check out the label’s page.