Tim Collins: Twenty Something


Twenty Something


Tim Collins (vibes)


Valcour (Arabesque AJ0181)

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Tim Collins (vibes), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet, flugelhorn), Aaron Parks (piano),

Matt Blostein (alto saxophone), Matt Clohesy (bass), Simon Lott (drums),


Composed by Tim Collins


Recorded: Warren, NJ, June 6-7 2005


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Just as Steely Dan once started a song making one think that they were going to play Horace Silver’s “Song For My Father,” Tim Collins’ “Twenty Something” opening bars resemble the famous intro to Steely Dan’s “Deacon Blues.” However, the melody that Collins constructed is actually more elaborate than that 1977 hit. Collins is a trained pianist, and it shows in the piano-like approach to his vibes.

The second half of this song mostly belongs to Lott, beginning with an accompanied drum solo that gives way to Jensen’s strong, advanced deliberations. Even while Jensen is blasting away, Lott’s crashing and rumbling is barely contained. After Jensen’s turn is up, the beautifully intricate chord progression from the beginning is repeated and the song eases into a soft landing. Overall, “Twenty Something” is a pretty good example of both the intricacy of Collins’ composing and his acumen on the vibes.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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